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Sarah Loguen Day is Feb. 26

Sarah Loguen Day is Feb. 26

The 17th annual Sarah Loguen Day will be held Feb. 26 at 4:30 p.m. via Zoom. This year’s theme is “We Are our Ancestors’ Wildest Dreams: Breaking Down Barriers for Women Physicians of Color.”

The annual event honors Dr. Loguen (1850-1933), an 1876 graduate of Upstate’s College of Medicine and one of the nation’s first African American women physicians. This online event will include a panel discussion, scholarship presentation, brief history of Dr. Loguen, remembrance and networking opportunity.

The panel discussion will feature Bridgette L. Jones, MD MS, associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and Children’s Mercy; and Upstate alumnae Oluwatoyin (Toyin) Weaver, MD, class of 2008, a family medicine specialist in Reno, NV and urgent care physician at  Saint Mary’s Medical Group/Carbon Health.

Jones is a clinician scientist whose research focuses on improving the lives of children with asthma. Weaver has been on the front lines caring for patients with COVID-19. The panel discussion will be moderated by medical student Adaobi Ikpeze, class of 2021.

The Sarah Loguen scholarship will be awarded to second-year medical student Samantha Williams. As a youth, Williams volunteered at the Syracuse Community Health Center and hopes to return there to “expand the possibilities of exceptional health care delivery, similar to the legacy of Dr. Sarah Loguen.”

Also included will be a tribute to the late Barbara Hamilton, former assistant dean for multicultural resources at Upstate. She is remembered for bringing the Health Careers Opportunity Program for middle school students to Upstate in 2001.

Seminar participants will be able to network, thanks to the Dr. Sarah Loguen Fraser Society.

Other speakers include Bruce Simmons, MD, ’79, retired director of Employee and Student Health; Nakeia Chambers, director of Multicultural Affairs and Student Inclusion; and Simone Seward, director of Civic Engagement.

The Sarah Loguen Day online seminar is free and open to the public. Click link below to register:


For more information, contact Nakeia Chambers at chambersn@upstate.edu or 315-530-5821.