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February 10, 2020 | A Perspective on J Marion Sims, and Antiblack Racism in OBGYN

February 10, 2021
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February 10, 2020 | A Perspective on J Marion Sims, and Antiblack Racism in OBGYN

[February 10, 2020 – Parker, CO]

Dear RVU Family,

I serve on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology.  This is the official journal of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists.  It is available as a resource in our RVU library.  This month the journal published a perspective on J. Marion Sims, often considered the father of American gynecology, but also known to have operated on enslaved black women in the 1840s.  After he left the south, he moved to NY were he opened a famous maternity hospital.  While I was living in NYC, the statue of him, prominently displayed on 5th Avenue, right on Central Park on a strip known as Museum mile, was removed by the city government.  In this article, there is a brief summary of Sims, a four short reflections by Black OBGYNs who are leaders in my field.  I am proud of them for telling their story, and felt it was compelling enough to share with all of you.  Hopefully, this will further our conversation on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

A perspective on J. Marion Sims, and antiBlack racism in OBGYN - JMIG Feb. 2021 (PDF)

Sincerely,
David A. Forstein, DO FACOOG
Provost RVU

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