Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Office of Public Affairs - Commencement Speakers


Commencement Speakers - SIU School of Medicine

Since 1975, SIU School of Medicine has graduated a new class of physicians. As of 2013, 2,545 medical students have received degrees.

2013 - Jim Edgar former Illinois Governor

2012 - Dr. Fitzhugh Mullan, professor of medicine and health policy at George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. [release] [speech]

2011 - Dr. G. Scott Morris, founder and executive director of the Church Health Center in Memphis release speech

2010 - Dr. J. Kevin Dorsey, Ph.D., Dean and provost at SIU School of Medicine [release] [speech]

2009 - Dr. Darrell G. Kirch, president and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges [release] [speech]

2008 - Dr. Levi Watkins, associate dean and professor of cardiac surgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine [release] [speech]

2007 - Dr. William Magee, Jr., co-founder and chief executive officer of Operation Smile [release] [speech]

2006 - Senator Barack H. Obama, U.S. Senator from Illinois (at the time) [release] [speech]

2005 - Dr. Richard H. Moy, Dean Emeritus, SIU School of Medicine [release] [speech]

2004 - Dr. Thomas S. Inui, professor and dean for health care research at Indiana University [release] [speech]

2003 - Dr. Abraham Verghese, director of the Center for Medical Humanitites and Ethics at the University of Texas Health Science Center [release] [speech]

2002 - Dr. Catherine DeAngelis, editor of JAMA [release] [speech]

2001 - Donna E. Shalala, Ph.D., president of the University of Miami [release]

2000 - Dr. Robert W. Brown, cardiologist and former third baseman for N.Y. Yankees [release] [speech]

1999 - Dr. Nancy Dickey, president of the American Medical Association [release] [speech]

1998 - Dr. Richard Selzer, surgeon and author [release] [speech]

1997 - Dr. M. Joycelyn Elders, former U.S. Surgeon General [release] [speech]

1996 - Theodore LeBlang, J.D., chairman, SIU's Medical Humanities Department [release] [speech]

1995 - Congressman Richard Durbin, 20th congressional district in the U. S. House of Representatives [release] (speech)

1994 - Roger Robinson, assistant dean of students at SIU School of Medicine [release] [speech]

1993 - Dr. Bernard S. Siegel, pediatric and general surgeon from New Haven, Conn. [release] [speech]

1992 - McLean Stevenson, Lt. Col. Henry Blake from the M*A*S*H TV series [release]

1991 - Honorable Benjamin K. Miller - Chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court [release]

1990 - Dr. Randy Kienstra - chair of pediatrics at SIU School of Medicine [release]

1989 - Dr. James E. Davis - president of the American Medical Association [release]

1988 - Dr. Robert G. Petersdorf, president and CEO of Association of American Medical Colleges [release]

1987 - Dr. Robert E. Merrill, professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania [release]

1986 - Dr. Virginia Weldon, chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges [release]

1985 - Robert J. Glaser, director of medical science for the Lucille P. Markey Charitable Trust [release] [speech]

1984 - Stephen Abrahamson, Ph.D., director of research at the University of Southern California School of Medicine [release]

1983 - Daniel C. Tosteson, dean of the faculty of medicine at at Havard University [release]

1982 - Honorable John B. Anderson, former U. S. Congressman and 1980 presidential candidate [release]

1980 - Honorable Paul Simon, U.S. representative from Illinois [release]

1979 - Dr. Otis R. Bowen, governor of Indiana [release]

1978 - Dr. George E. Miller, professor of medical education at the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago [release]

1977 - Dr. Edmund D. Pellegrino, president of Yale-New Haven Medical Center [release]

1976 - Dr. C. Barber Mueller, professor of surgery at McMaster University Medical Center (fact sheet)

1975 - Dr. David Elliott Rogers, president of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation [release]

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