On October 19, Richard E. Grant, M.D., professor of orthopaedic surgery at Case Western Reserve University Medical School in Cleveland, OH, was presented with the Marymount University Ethics Award by Marymount President Matthew D. Shank. Dr. Grant was recognized for his uncompromising commitment to the ethical practice of medicine; his compassionate service to those in need; and his ground-breaking leadership, which has opened doors for underrepresented minorities to pursue careers in orthopaedic surgery.
Dr. Grant holds the Edgar B. Jackson Chair for Diversity at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. In addition, he serves as director of the Timothy L. Stephens, Jr., M.D. Orthopaedic Fellowship, which funds the clinical and basic-science mentoring of underrepresented minority students interested in orthopaedic surgery careers.
In his address to the Marymount community, Dr. Grant reflected on his education and early professional experiences. He observed, “You have to know who you are when you’re the only minority in the room.”
Stressing the importance of diverse perspectives, Dr. Grant pointed out that each minority group brings to the table different experiences and ways of handling problems. He emphasized that a more diverse pool of professionals is necessary not only in medicine, but in every field of endeavor. He looks forward to the day when no individual is the "only minority in the room" and everyone's experience and perspective is valued equally.