Zollicoffer-Merrimon Lecture

Wanda K. Nicholson, MD, MPH, MBA

When Feb 19, 2010
from 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Where 4th Floor Clinic Auditorium
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Dr. Nicholson is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Gynecology and Obstetrics and Population, Family and Reproductive Health Sciences at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is a Fellow in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), a practicing obstetrician-gynecologist and health services researcher in women’s and perinatal health. Dr. Nicholson received her medical degree and completed internship and residency in obstetrics and gynecology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Following residency, she completed the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at the University of California at San Francisco and obtained a Masters degree in Epidemiology from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Nicholson’s research foci include the identification of risk factors for chronic disease and the design of clinical and behavioral interventions to address gestational diabetes, type 2 diabetes mellitus and obesity in child-bearing and post reproductive-age women. Dr. Nicholson’s was the first author of the Johns Hopkins Evidence-Based Practice Center (EPC) evidence report entitled “Therapeutic Management, Delivery, Risk Factors and Postpartum Surveillance of Gestational Diabetes,” the results of which are being disseminated through the Eisenberg Center for Clinical Decisions and Communications Sciences.  Through funding from the American Diabetes Association (ADA), she developed a postpartum-specific weight loss intervention, First WIND (Weight-loss Interventions after Delivery), for women at risk for type 2 diabetes which is currently being piloted among urban-based women in Baltimore City. She has also led a prospective cohort study of childbearing women and their offspring funded by the NIDDK.  Dr. Nicholson is a member of the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), where she serves on the Methods, Dissemination and Child Health working groups.  She is a member of the ACOG National Committee on Health Care for Underserved Women and the CDC Public Health Working Group on Preconception Care.

Zollicoffer Banquet
Friday, February 19, 2010
6:00 P.M. reception
6:30-8:00 P.M. banquet
George Watts Hill Alumni Center

Sponsored by:
Student Affairs and the UNC Program on Ethnicity, Culture and Health Outcomes-Anissa I. Vines, M.S., Ph.D., Associate Director UNC ECHO Program

The Zollicoffer Lectureship was established in 1981 by members of the UNC chapter of the Student National Medical Association with the support of the Dean of the School of Medicine.

It was named in honor of Lawrence Zollicoffer, M.D. (1930-1976), the fourth African American graduate of the UNC School of Medicine and founder of the Garwyn Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. The Baltimore community recognized Dr. Zollicoffer as a supporter and activist in the struggle for civil and human rights. Throughout his life, he exemplified qualities which students admire and hope to emulate as future physicians.

By means of the lecture, we honor the memory of Dr. Zollicoffer, commemorate over 50 years of minority presence in the UNC School of Medicine, increase the awareness of minority health issues, and introduce the student body to dynamic minority role models in the field of medicine.

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