Henry B. Randall, M.D., F.A.C.S., a transplant surgeon and director of the Henry and Marion Block Liver Disease and Transplant Center in Kansas City, presented the School of Medicine’s ninth annual Dr. Reaner and Mr. Henry Shannon Lectureship in Minority Health on Feb. 28.
Randall, who serves as an associate professor of surgery at the School of Medicine, talked about health disparities from a national perspective as they relate to transplant surgery and oncology care.
“Health disparities are an ongoing problem,” said Randall, who explored some of the findings in a Department of Health and Human Services action plan to reduce racial and ethnic disparities that was released in 2011.
Randall said disparities are caused by the complex interaction of multiple factors that can include a lack of many things such as insurance coverage, a regular source of care, financial resources, and health literacy, as well as a lack of diversity in health care workers.
All of those factors and others can work together to create a noticeable difference among racial and ethnic groups in the number of incidences, prevalence and mortality rate regarding transplant surgeries and oncology care.
Randall has served on the faculty at the School of Medicine since 2010. Prior to that, he practiced as a transplant surgeon at Baylor University and Children’s Medical Center in Dallas. He also spent two years as the director of liver transplantation and HPB surgery at the University of Louisville in Kentucky.
The Shannon Lectureship is endowed by Shannon, long-time associate dean for minority affairs at the School of Medicine, and her husband, Henry.