30th Robert F. Rushmer Endowed Lecture
Edwin G. Lindo, JD
Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Family Medicine
Assistant Dean for Social and Health Justice, Office of Healthcare Equity
University of Washington
“Pathologizing Racism: Interrogating Towards More Equitable Science”
May 31, 2022, 4:00 – 5:15 PM
Reception to follow
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Edwin Lindo, Associate Teaching Professor, UW Department of Family Medicine, and Assistant Dean for Social and Health Justice, UW Office of Healthcare Equity
About the Lecture:
Prof. Edwin Lindo will guide us through the exploration of the history of race and racism, its lasting effects on society, medicine and science, and bioengineering specifically. In interrogating the history of racism, we will be able to better understand the contemporary elements of racism and how it manifests itself in our labs, research and science. At the end of the talk, Prof. Lindo’s goal is to leave you with a critical lens to better intervene and interrogate the manifestations of racism that we witness today.
About the Speaker:
An Associate Teaching Professor at the University of Washington, Edwin Lindo has embarked on the journey to ask and explore the hard questions of race and racism within the institutions of medicine and law. Edwin brings the interdisciplinary study of Critical Race Theory, Latina and Latino Critical Legal Theory, and others to medicine and law so we can better learn how racism detrimentally affects our health, our learning, our teaching and justice. As a faculty member in the Department of Family Medicine and Affiliate Faculty in the Department of Bioethics and Humanities, Edwin has developed curriculum and teaches Critical Race Theory and Medicine; and provides student and faculty development around the issues of race and equity in medical education and patient care. Professor Lindo is also the Assistant Dean for Social and Health Justice within the Office of Healthcare Equity at the University of Washington School of Medicine. His research and scholarship have focused on the history of racialized medicine, race and racism within medicine, social justice and social movements, and decolonized pedagogies for critical education. Edwin is also the creator and host of The Praxis Podcast – a podcast focused on addressing racism within medicine in all its forms. Lastly, he is an internationally recognized speaker and thinker on these critical issues.
Past Rushmer and Hoffman lectures are listed below.
About the Robert F. Rushmer Endowed Lecture
The Robert F. Rushmer Endowed Lectureship was created to bring outstanding leaders in the field of bioengineering to the University of Washington community for exchange of ideas. The first Rushmer Lecture was held in 1987.
This lecture honors Dr. Robert F. Rushmer, who, in 1967, founded the UW Center for Bioengineering, which later became the Department of Bioengineering. An extraordinary pioneer, mentor and leader, he had a vision to establish a place where many different disciplines work together towards a common goal of providing an improved quality of life for all.
Dr. Rushmer began his work at the UW in 1947 in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, where his team of physics and engineering students developed a battery of equipment to monitor the cardiovascular system in healthy, active animals without inflicting pain. The team was able to monitor cardiac functions in engineering terms — changing dimensions, pressure, flow and derived variables such as acceleration, power and work. In the 1950s, Dr. Rushmer and his colleagues applied Doppler ultrasound to imaging the pumping heart and measuring blood flow. These diagnostic devices were credited with reducing premature deaths from circulatory diseases. The technology was also modified to detect fetal heartbeats. Dr. Rushmer received many honors and awards for these cardiovascular and ultrasound monitors. Several earlier models were displayed at the Smithsonian Museum.
Throughout his life, Dr. Rushmer advocated for using medical technology appropriately and for considering the ethical, political, social and technological consequences of medical advances.