Dr. LeRoi Hicks is 2017 summer commencement speaker

  • Tuesday, August 29, 2017
    Dr. LeRoi S. Hicks

    Dr. LeRoi S. Hicks will be the featured speaker for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore's 131st Founders' Day Convocation and summer commencement exercises. 

    The event will be held Thursday, Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. in the Ella Fitzgerald Center for the Performing Arts, where 29 graduate students are candidates to receive their Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees. 

    The Christiana Care Health System based in Wilmington, Del. earlier this year named Hicks its Hugh R. Sharp Jr. Chair of Medicine and physician leader of the Acute Medicine Service Line. 

    According to Christiana Care, the system named Hicks its vice chair of the Department of Medicine and Section Chief of General Internal Medicine in 2014. He supervised the Hospital Medicine and Ambulatory Medicine divisions, responsible for educational, clinical and quality initiatives such as interdisciplinary rounding and process redesign. 

    A nationally known researcher focusing on health care disparities. Hicks has served on the National Council of the Society of General Internal Medicine and Board of Scientific Counselors to the National Library of Medicine. He also has been a National Institutes of Health grant reviewer, and an editor and reviewer for multiple medical journals. 

    Hicks is a 1991 Howard University graduate with a bachelor's degree in medical technology. In 1995, he earned his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine and a Master of Public Health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2001. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. 

    After completing his internal medicine (primary care) residency, Hicks was chief resident for a year at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Mass. He then completed a fellowship in general medicine and faculty development at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, where he was a hospitalist from 1999 to 2011. He became chief of Hospital Medicine at the University of Massachusetts in 2011, where his team won four Champions of Excellence Awards for growth, financial sustainability and high-quality care. 

    His research interests include the effects of patients' racial and cultural background on the treatment and clinical outcomes of chronic disease; the development and assessment of interventions aimed at improving quality of medical care and the reduction of disparities in care; and community-based participatory research to identify and address healthcare disparities.