Edgar B. Jackson Jr., MD, Endowed Chair for Clinical Excellence and Diversity

The Edgar B. Jackson Jr., MD, Endowed Chair for Clinical Excellence and Diversity, dedicated in April 2004, is the only endowed permanent staff position in an academic medical center in the United States that has been established to promote diversity of academic faculty – and it is right here at University Hospitals. The Chair offers a physician at UH the opportunity to mentor minority medical students and post-graduate trainees.

The Edgar B. Jackson Jr., MD, Endowed Chair was established to enable UH to recruit a physician who would continue Dr. Jackson's legacy of clinical excellence and initiatives that promote the academic medical profession among minorities, particularly African Americans. UH and local community members raised $1.5 million in contributions for the creation of the Chair.

The Chair honors the esteemed Edgar B. Jackson Jr., MD, Chief of Staff Emeritus and senior advisor to the presidents and CEOs of both UH and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center.

In 2005, Richard E. Grant, MD, was named the first chairholder of the Edgar B. Jackson Jr., MD, Endowed Chair. Dr. Grant is a nationally respected clinical educator and role model who specializes in orthopaedic surgery. He is the first African American orthopaedic surgeon to join the full-time faculty of UH.

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