On Thursday, June 22nd, 2017, the 18th Dan Nwankwo lecture will be given by Quinn Capers, IV, MD, FAAC, the Associate Dean for Admissions at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. The celebrated annual lecture was established in memory of the late Dr. Daniel Chinedu Nwankwo, an obstetrician and gynecologist and beloved ANPA member, who died on Aug. 16, 1998. The annual lecture was established through a generous endowment by the Nwankwo family and his loving wife, Doris Nwankwo.
The topic of Dr. Capers’ lecture will be “Unconscious Bias in Health Care and Medical School Admissions”. Also, during the scientific program, on Friday, 23rd June, 2017, Dr, Capers, an interventional cardiologist at the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, OH, will deliver another lecture on “Percutaneous Transradial Artery Catheterization for Coronary Artery Disease”
Dr. Capers’ career has expanded from an initial focus on clinical excellence as an interventional cardiologist to include transformative leadership in academic medicine.
Dr. Capers introduced the trans-radial artery technique of coronary stenting to The OSU cardiac catheterization laboratory and has led its transformation to a “radial first” lab. This has been associated with a sustained reduction in complications in all patient populations, especially elderly women and heart attack patients. He has personally performed over 4,000 coronary stent procedures, many in heart attack patients, and is an expert at performing these procedures through the radial artery in the patient’s wrist. His physician peers have named him one of America’s “Best Doctors” annually from 2009 to 2016, and his patient satisfaction scores placed in the 90th percentile nationally in 2013, 2014, and 2015.
Prior to 2007, The Ohio State University cardiology fellowship training program had never trained an African American physician. Dr. Capers served as the catalyst and leader of a dramatic turnaround resulting in recent fellowship classes at Ohio State that were 25% African American (compared to 4% of cardiology fellows nationwide). He is the senior author on a peer-reviewed publication describing Ohio State cardiology’s efforts and currently serves as the co-chair of the American College of Cardiology’s Cardiovascular Training Section Working Group on Recruitment Issues.
Named associate dean for admissions in the College of Medicine in 2009, Dr. Capers provides leadership to an admissions committee of 80 MD and PhD faculty members, 50 medical students, 60 faculty application screeners, and a full time staff, and he is recognized as a leader in medical school admissions nationally and locally. As a workshop facilitator for the AAMC, Capers has visited medical schools across the nation to train admissions committees in the holistic review of medical school applicants. Under his leadership, the admissions team at OSU has achieved the following: 1) the total number of applications has increased from ~ 4,000 to nearly 7,000 this year; 2) for the first time in the College’s 101 year history, women outnumbered men in the entering classes of 2014, 2015, and 2016—a direct result of Dr. Capers’ task force to study strategies to make OSU more attractive to women. Prior to this, the percentage of women in OSU’s classes were never higher than 45%; 3) the number of applications from underrepresented minority (URM) students has tripled and the percentage in the entering class has gone from 14% to 26% in 2016, making OSU one of the most diverse majority medical schools in the country; and 4) the average Medical College Admissions Test score of the entering class reached a high point of the 94th percentile in 2012 and has remained steady. Dr. Capers has introduced innovations to reduce bias in the admissions process every year, the most notable being 2012-2013 when all admissions committee members took the Implicit Association Test to uncover hidden racial and gender biases. The year following this exercise, the admissions committee selected the most diverse class in The OSUCOM’s history up to that point. He is the primary author on the first study to document the presence and extent of implicit racial bias in medical school admissions.
A Dayton, Ohio native, Dr. Capers graduated with honors from Howard University before obtaining his MD from The Ohio State University. He completed his residency in internal medicine and fellowships in vascular biology research, cardiovascular medicine, and interventional cardiology all at Emory University in Atlanta. Capers and his wife, Cheryl, are the proud parents of three children.
The 18th Dan Nwankwo lecturer has also given a TED talk describing his work on implicit racial bias.