National Medical Association Professional Development Series

Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Laurencin is the University Professor and Albert and Wilda Van Dusen Distinguished Endowed Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Laurencin is the first surgeon elected to all four National Academies: the National Academy of Medicine, the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, and the National Academy of Inventors. In 2016, he received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Barack Obama in ceremonies at the White House, the nation’s highest honor for technological achievement. Laurencin received (last week) the Spingarn Medal from the NAACP. It is given for the “highest or noblest achievement by a living African American during the preceding year or years in any honorable field.” The award recognizes Laurencin’s seminal accomplishments in regenerative engineering.

Pertinent to our conversation, Laurencin is an international leader on Racial Justice and Equity. He is a core faculty member at the Africana Studies Institute at UConn. He co-Founded the W. Montague Cobb/NMA Health Institute and is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. He is the Founding Chair of the National Academies Roundtable on Black Men and Black Women in Science, Engineering and Medicine.

Dr. Laurencin recently received the Herbert W. Nickens Award from the AAMC where he outlined his vision for an anti-racist society.

Laurencin earned his B.S.E. in chemical engineering from Princeton University, his M.D., Magna Cum Laude, from the Harvard Medical School; and his Ph.D. in biochemical engineering/ biotechnology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.