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Former Undersecretary for Health to
643 graduates are expected to receive degrees from MUSC's
six colleges during commencement exercises scheduled for 9 a.m. May 16
in the university’s Horseshoe.
Dr. Ken Kizer
Kenneth W. Kizer, M.D., former Under-secretary for Health in the U. S.
Depart-ment of Veterans Affairs and current chairman of the board of
Medsphere Systems Corp., will deliver the commencement address. He will
receive a Doctor of Medical Science, honoris causa.
Other honorees and their degrees include William A. “Bill” Baker Jr.,
business executive and philanthropist, Doctor of Humane Letters;Yoshito
Kaziro, M.D., PhD, professor and director, Horizontal Medical Research
Organization, Kyoto University School of Medicine, Doctor of Medical
Science, honoris causa; Samuel Nkrumah Yeboah, president and
co-director, Project OKURASE and owner, Powerful Drums, Doctor of
Humane Letters; State Sen. William H. O’Dell, Doctor of Humane Letters;
State Sen. Harvey S. Peeler Jr., Doctor of Humane Letters.
Kizer is an internationally recognized advocate for improving health
care quality and safety through information technology. He served as
Undersecretary for Health in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
from 1994 to 1999. He is credited with transforming VA health care
delivery. Under Kizer’s leadership, the VA management structure was
reorganized, new programs were created at lower costs, and the standard
of care was enhanced dramatically. Although he left the VA nine years
ago, his visionary leadearship and legacy remains. Currently, the VA
has the highest consumer satisfaction rating of any public or private
sector health care system, and it is recognized as one of the best in
Friday, May 9, 2008
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