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Prominent Leader in Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. Cato T. Laurencin, to Speak with DePuy About How Industry May Remedy Racial Disparity in Health


As part of an initiative to address demographic disparities in health care, Dr. Cato T. Laurencin, Chair of the Orthopaedic Surgery Department at the University of Virginia, will address DePuy employees about how to remedy racial disparities in health.

“We asked Dr. Laurencin to discuss current disparities in health in the United States and to share strategies for helping to bridge this gap,” said Isaac Mensah, DePuy’s Director of Healthcare Economics and co-chair of the company’s African American Leadership Council.

Dr. Laurencin will discuss ways that companies like DePuy can reach out to people who now lack access to life-changing treatments such as joint replacement.

“There are a number of factors that prevent many Americans from enjoying the full benefits of medical care, including life-changing advances in orthopaedics,” said Dr. Laurencin. “The good news is that some of these problems can be addressed by companies like DePuy that show the resolve to make a change for the better.”

DePuy is in the midst of a seven-year, $700,000 grant initiative with the J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society (JRGOS) to increase the practice of orthopaedic surgery by under-represented minority surgeons and allied health care personnel. Dr. Laurencin is a member of JRGOS.


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