About the Series
The objective of the Reynolds-Finley Historical Lecture Series is to review, assess, and discuss various historical aspects of the health care sciences. The series runs from Fall to Spring. The Annual Reynolds-Finley Lecture is the foremost presentation in this series that brings speakers of prominence to the University of Alabama at Birmingham.


41st Annual Reynolds-Finley Historical Lecture: February 7, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

"The Role of Organized Medicine in Present Day Health Disparities: From Nott to Now," by Richard D. deShazo, MD, MACP, Retired Chair of Medicine, University of Mississippi Medical Center

This lecture is free and open to the public. Check back to this site for more details.

Location/Parking
This event will be held in Lecture Room E of Volker Hall, which is located at 1670 University Boulevard, Birmingham, Alabama, 35233. Parking is provided adjacent to Volker Hall in UAB Lot 5A. The entrance is located on 16th Street between University Boulevard and 7th Avenue South. Please be aware if you are entering a parking deck, this is Children’s Hospital parking and we cannot validate for this deck.

Biography of the Speaker
""Dr. deShazo received his BA from Birmingham-Southern College and his MD from the University of Alabama School of Medicine. After an internship in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham, he completed a residency in internal medicine, fellowships in adult and pediatric clinical immunology and allergy, and training in rheumatology and geriatrics, at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Institute of Research in Washington, DC. He is board certified in these specialties. He served on the faculty of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD and completed eight years of active duty as a lieutenant colonel. He received the US Army Distinguished Service Medal (ARCOM) in 1980. From there, deShazo joined the faculty of Tulane University School of Medicine, serving as Director of the Herbert Harvey Research Laboratory in the Division of Clinical Immunology and became co-investigator and Director of Immunology for the Tulane-LSU AIDs Clinical Trials Center, one of the first centers funded by the NIH to study HIV infection. In 1989, Dr. deShazo became Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, and Chair and Director of the Residency Program in Internal Medicine at the University of South Alabama School of Medicine. In 1998, he joined the University of Mississippi Medical Center as Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics and Chair of the Department of Medicine. He was designated a Billy S. Guyton Distinguished Professor in 2002. At UMMC, he was president of the medical center’s faculty practice plan and served in other leadership roles.

Dr. deShazo’s scholarly work includes over 200 peer-reviewed publications and presentations, and the book, The Racial Divide in American Medicine (2018). He developed a statewide live doctor call-in radio show at Mississippi Public Broadcasting, which he hosted for 13 years and trained the physician hosts who now continue Southern Remedy Radio’s daily health programming. Dr. deShazo also served as co-producer of MPB television’s Southern Remedy documentary health series that received numerous awards and national recognition.

In 2018, Dr. deShazo became Professor Emeritus at UMMC. He and his wife Gloria moved to their childhood home of Birmingham, where he began new collaborations with UAB and the UAB Alumni Association. He serves on the BOD of the Caduceus Club and gave the inaugural Martin Luther King Day address in 2019. He is now an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Medical Education and is active in student teaching clinics at UAB and several resident training programs in Alabama. He remains engaged in a variety of activities to improve health literacy, health disparities and racial reconciliation.

CMEs Available
As part of the 47th Annual University of Alabama Medical Alumni Weekend, CME credit is being offered. The University of Alabama School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Alabama School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. The University of Alabama at Birmingham is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.