LeNoir to Speak at Black History Month Celebration

By Paul Day

Michael A. LeNoir, MD

In honor of Black History Month, the UCSF Office of Diversity and Outreach welcomes Michael A. LeNoir, MD, president of the National Medical Association (NMA), an organization which represents more than 32,000 African American physicians.

He will be the featured speaker at the UCSF Black History Month Celebration, which will take place Thursday, Feb. 13 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the UCSF Library 5th Floor Lange Reading Room (530 Parnassus Avenue).

The event will also showcase the UCSF Black History Month Visibility Project. Music will be provided by Campus Life Services, Arts & Events.

The UCSF Black History Month Visibility Project, sponsored by the UCSF Multicultural Resource Center, heightens awareness of the various African American communities at UCSF with involvement from faculty, staff, students and trainees. All are integral to UCSF’s core values of advancing healthcare, education and research.

The Visibility Project will be showcased at Thursday's Black History Month Reception. Members of the community will have the opportunity to be part of the project by having their picture taken at the reception.

The UCSF Office of Diversity and Outreach would like to thank the National Medical Association and the Physicians Medical Forum for their continued support of UCSF faculty, students, and trainees.

LeNoir is an adjunct clinical professor in pediatrics at the University of California, past chair of the clinical faculty at UCSF, secretary of the Board of Directors at Children’s Hospital Oakland, and chair of the Board of the African American Wellness Project. For 20 years, LeNoir was the director of allergy services at San Francisco General Hospital where he worked on asthma issues in underserved communities. He spent 10 years in the United States Army, rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel, receiving the Army Commendation Medal and serving as the allergy consultant to the 6th Army Area.

Founded in 1895, the National Medical Association is a national professional and scientific organization representing over 30,000 African American physicians who are committed to improving the quality of health among minorities and disadvantaged people through its membership, professional development, community health education, advocacy, research and partnership with federal and private agencies.  The NMA has repeatedly advocated for policies that would assure equitable and quality health care for all people.