President and CEO of MSM Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice interviews UnitedHealth Group CEO Andrew Witte on shared commitment to health equity
ATLANTE, November 23, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) today released the latest edition of its “Danforth Dialogues” podcast, featuring a conversation between MSM President and CEO Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice and Andrew WitteCEO of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), in which the two leaders discussed a shared commitment to improving healthcare.
dr. Montgomery Ricewho is also a board member of UnitedHealth Group, and Witty, who has served as CEO of UnitedHealth Group since February 2021discussed his unique career in business and academia as well as his help to the World Health Organization (WHO) to distribute COVID-19 vaccines, especially in developing countries and lessons learned from the pandemic.
“Through his background in business, academia and the public sector, Andrew brings incredible leadership insights that we can all learn from and use, no matter what stage we are at in our lives. career, whether we are just starting out or well advanced in our professions,” says Dr. Montgomery Rice.
Prior to joining UnitedHealth Group, Witty was CEO of GlaxoSmithKline plc from 2008 to 2017, is former Chancellor of the University of Nottingham and was knighted in 2012 for his services to the UK economy. Speaking about his efforts to help the WHO distribute COVID-19 vaccines, Witty told Dr. Montgomery Rice he took the job because he thought his vast experience “could help bring people together” in times of crisis.
“This was a remarkable effort to ensure vaccines were acquired by developing countries,” Witty said. “Within 60 to 90 days of their availability, the vaccines were distributed in the poorest countries, which was unprecedented.”
Witty and Dr. Montgomery Rice also discussed their shared commitment to improving health equity, especially in underserved communities. Witty noted that early in his career he took over an operation at South Africashortly before Nelson Mandela became head of the country. “It really changed my view of diversity, of how to create a level playing field and trying to figure out why people keep talking to each other,” he said.
dr. Montgomery Rice noted Witty is a great example of leaders stepping in to a crisis, saying, “When COVID-19 hit, Andrew didn’t hesitate. He stepped up. It wasn’t like he didn’t have a lot He could have said he was too busy to get involved. But great leaders are never too busy to get involved when it’s all on the line.”
Launched earlier this year, Danforth Dialogues focuses on leadership lessons learned from the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic and their wider implication for society. Named after the history Danforth Chapel on the Morehouse College campus, the podcast series features a cross-section of guests and topics.
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Founded in 1975, Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) is one of the nation’s leading educators of primary care physicians, biomedical scientists, and public health professionals. An independent, private, historically black medical school, MSM was recognized by the Annals of Internal Medicine as the first medical school in the nation to fulfill a social mission – creating and promoting health equity. Morehouse School of Medicine faculty and alumni are renowned for excellence in teaching, research, and public policy, as well as exceptional patient care. MSM is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award doctoral and master’s degrees. To learn more about the programs and to donate today, please visit http://www.msm.edu or call 404-752-1500.
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