2018-2019 Dr. Thomas Q. Morris Symposium on Medical Education Lecture

Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD
Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD

“Addressing Racial and Social Injustice: A Path to Health Equity”


Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD

President and Dean

Morehouse School of Medicine


Tuesday, April 30, 2019

5 p.m.

Clyde and Helen Wu Auditorium, Room 201

104 Haven Avenue

Reception to follow in the VEC Milstein Family Lobby.


Dr. Montgomery Rice is the sixth president—and first woman president—of Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), where she serves as both president and dean. A renowned infertility specialist and researcher, she most recently served as dean and executive vice president of MSM, where she has served since 2011.  

Dr. Montgomery Rice earned a BS in chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology, an MD from Harvard Medical School, an honorary degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and a Doctor of Humane Letters honorary degree from Rush University. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Emory University School of Medicine and her fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Hutzel Hospital.   

Before joining MSM, Dr. Montgomery Rice held faculty positions and leadership roles at various academic health centers. Most notably, she was the founding director of the Center for Women’s Health Research at Meharry Medical College, one of the nation’s first research centers devoted to studying diseases that disproportionately impact women of color.  

Dedicated to the creation and advancement of health equity, Dr. Montgomery Rice lends her vast experience and talents to programs that enhance pipeline opportunities for academically diverse learners, diversify the physician and scientific workforce, and foster equity in health care access and health outcomes. She has served or serves on numerous boards including the NIH’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine, The Nemours Foundation, UnitedHealth Group, Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, the Association of American Medical Colleges Council of Deans, and the Horatio Alger Association.

 Dr. Montgomery Rice has received numerous accolades and honors. She was named to the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans and received the 2017 Horatio Alger Award. For three consecutive years (2016-2018) Georgia Trend Magazine selected Dr. Montgomery Rice as one of the 100 Most Influential Georgians. In 2016, she was elected to the National Academy of Medicine. Some of her more recent honors include theTurknett Leadership Character Award (2018), Atlanta Business League Visions of Excellence Award(2018), Trumpet Vanguard Award (2015), The Dorothy I. Height Crystal Stair Award (2014), National Coalition of 100 Black Women - Women of Impact (2014), American Medical Women’s Association Elizabeth Blackwell Medal (2011), and Working Mother Media Multicultural Women’s Legacy Award (2011).    

Dr. Montgomery Rice is married to a fellow Georgia Institute of Technology alumnus, Melvin Rice Jr., and they have two children, Jayne and Melvin III. 


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