Posted October 23, 2012

Temple Athletics honors health science leaders

Ryan S. Brandenberg
Honorees Crystal Gadegbeku, Marla Davis Bellamy and Kathleen Reeves pose with Acting President Richard Englert and the Temple Cheerleaders.

Three leaders in the health sciences were honored for their work as co-directors of Temple's Center of Bioethics, Urban Health and Policy during the university's Saturday Oct. 20 home football game against Rutgers University. 

Kathleen Reeves, associate dean of Student Affairs and a member of the pediatric faculty at the School of Medicine; Marla Davis Bellamy, director of strategic partnerships at the Center for Health Law, Policy and Practice and director of Philadelphia CeaseFire; and Crystal Gadegbeku, section chief of nephrology at Temple University Hospital, were all nominated by Interim Provost Hai Lung Dai as Faculty of the Game, an honor presented at each home football game.

Temple's Center of Bioethics, Urban Health and Policy partners with community members, health care providers and policy makers to create model programs and practices aimed at eliminating health care disparities in the urban setting.

Reeves helped develop the new Masters of Arts degree in Urban Bioethics at Temple and currently serves on the National Committee for Student Affairs for the American Association of Medical Colleges. She completed her pediatric residency at the University of Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital, attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University and received a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in philosophy and religious studies from Juniata College. She was the first program director of the Pediatric Residency Program at Crozer Chester Hospital in Upland, Pa. 

Committed to community health issues, Reeves believes that in order to be effective, health professionals need to embrace a broad definition of health that includes the impact of social, economic, cultural and environmental issues. Her achievements have been recognized with awards from the University of Cincinnati, Crozer Keystone Health System, Temple University and Hahnemann/MCP School of Medicine.

Davis Bellamy holds a joint appointment at the Beasley School of Law and the School of Medicine, where she serves as the executive director of the Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities. Prior to joining Temple in July 2010, she was the executive director of the Anti-Violence Partnership of Philadelphia and for five years served as the chief of staff for the Pennsylvania Department of Health in Harrisburg. 

Other administrative positions she has held include executive vice president of special projects at Universal Companies, director of community affairs at the University of Pennsylvania Health System and executive director of the Healthcare Management Alternatives (HMA) Foundation, Inc. She was also a former law clerk to the late Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. in Los Angeles, California. 

Davis Bellamy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Johnson C. Smith University, a MGA from the Fels Center of Government at the University of Pennsylvania and a JD from Temple University Beasley School of Law.

Gadegbeku is the first African American to head a Department of Medicine section.  Her research focuses on mechanisms of hypertension and accelerated cardiovascular disease in patients with chronic kidney disease. In the last decade, she has participated in nearly 20 NIH-funded projects, ranging from epidemiologic studies to clinical trials. She also has developed an interest in exploring methods to enhance research participation in diverse populations, especially among racial and ethnic groups, who suffer from disproportionately high rates of kidney disease compared to Caucasians.

Her leadership positions in national multisite, NIH-funded chronic kidney studies include the Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort study, the Nephrotic Syndrome Rare Disease Clinical Research Network study and the Michigan O’Brien Renal Center.

She recently facilitated Temple’s involvement in the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial, a large, ongoing NIH-funded cardiovascular trial. This study has complemented her independent research as she completes a $1.8 million NIH-funded study exploring vascular biology in CKD. Gadegbeku also serves as one of the directors of the Center for Bioethics, Urban Health and Policy.

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