Medical Research and the First Heart Transplant in the South

History and Health: Racial Equity hosted a virtual panel that examined the first transplant in the South in the historical context of racial inequality and segregation while also exploring the changes and advances in transplantation in the 21st century. Moderator Dr. Carlos Smith, director, Diversity, Ethics and Inclusion at VCU School of Dentistry led a conversation with panelists Dr. Phillip Duncan, medical director at the Cardiac Management Health Network, Dr. John McCarty, director of VCU Massey Cancer Center’s Cellular Immunotherapies and Transplant Program, and Jodi Koste, University Archivist. Following the panel, there was a facilitated discussion. This virtual event, co-sponsored by the Humanities Research Center and the Office of Health Equity, was free and open to the community.

This event was presented as part of the History and Health: Racial Equity Speaker Series. The VCU Humanities Research Center co-sponsors this event with the VCU Office of Health Equity. 

Recording of the event is here

Below are panelists' information:

Moderator: Carlos Smith, DDS is the inaugural Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the Director of Ethics Curriculum and Associate Professor in the Department of Dental Public Health and Policy at Virginia Commonwealth

Headshot of Carlos Smith, DDS

Phillip Duncan, MD is the founder and medical director at Cardiac Health Management Network.

Headshot of Phillip Duncan, MD

Jodi Koste is the University Archivist and Interim Director, Special Collections and Archives at VCU Libraries


John McCarty, MD, is a Professor in the department of Internal Medicine and is the director of VCU Massey Cancer Center’s Cellular Immunotherapies and Transplant Program.

Headshot of John McCarty, MD

Denise Davis received a heart transplant on September 9th, 2018. She retired from Dominion VA Power after 29 years of work.