January 6, 2011

MLK Day Speaker is Robert Satcher Jr., M.D., Ph.D.

The speaker for this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture at Vanderbilt University Medical Center is Robert Satcher Jr., M.D., Ph.D., an orthopaedic surgeon and NASA astronaut.

Satcher’s talk, entitled “Fulfilling the Dream: Minorities in Biosciences,” will be presented Monday, Jan. 17, at noon in 208 Light Hall.

Satcher, a professor at University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Department of Orthopedic Oncology, received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from MIT and M.D. from Harvard Medical School.

He specializes in cancers of the bone. Satcher is an astronaut who served as a crew member on the 31st space shuttle flight to the international space station in 2009.

The lecture is free and open to the public and is presented by Vanderbilt’s Schools of Nursing and Medicine in conjunction with the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Series.