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Emergency Closure – December 21

Announcement, Library Closure

The Health Sciences Library will be closed December 21 due to a water outage.
We will be working remotely from 8am until 5pm. If you need assistance please send an email to

We will resume our intersession hours December 22.

Dr. Olawale O. Amubieya – #DiversityInHealthcare #BlackMenInWhiteCoats


Continuing with our 2022 theme of Black Men in White Coats, we are featuring Dr. Olawale Amubieya for the month of July.

We’ve all been asked the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” but how many of us can really say that we’ve cultivated those budding aspirations and nurtured them into a thriving career? Dr. Olawale Amubieya is one of the few that was able to do just that; take a dream and through hard work and perseverance, make it a reality.

It all started when his childhood church decided to host a career pageant. This is where he was asked for the first time what he wanted to be, and that one seemingly inconsequential question would end up being the catalyst that propelled him down the path of medicine. From that moment on, Dr. Olawale Amubieya took on the nickname “Doctor” among the neighborhood, and as the years faithfully ticked by, suddenly his goal seemed more tangible.

Dr. Olawale Amubieya had never seen a doctor who resembled himself before. He was a second generation immigrant from Nigeria, trying to earn the education his parents had strived so hard to give him, but he didn’t let the lack of representation deter him. With the support and confidence of his community, he began working laboriously towards his goals. Before he knew it, his persistence had started to pay off, and he was able to attend Yale as an undergraduate. From there the momentum just kept building. He would go on to attend Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, and ultimately pursued his residency at UCLA for internal medicine. He is currently completing his fellowship at UCLA, where he has been able to work with a diverse group of patients.

Today, Dr. Olawale Ambuieya sees himself as both a super hero of sorts and a role model to other people of color aspiring to work in the field of medicine. He wears his white coat as if it were a red cape, and strives to find answers and advocate for his patients. All the while bearing the weight of representation, knowing that he is one of the few African Americans in his field. This has served to motivate him to keep climbing the ladder of success; to provide an example for future black doctors to look up to and know that it is possible.

Dr. Carl Allamby – #DiversityInHealthcare #BlackMenInWhiteCoats


Continuing with our 2022 theme of Black Men in White Coats, we are featuring Dr. Carl Allamby for the month of June.

Carl Allamby had a childhood passion of becoming a doctor, but getting to that point wasn’t easy. He grew up in East Cleveland where money was scarce for his family, so he never put much effort into school. However, he had a really good work ethic and found he was good at fixing cars.

Photo of Dr. Carl Allamby with a stethoscope in the background.For over 20 years that’s what he did, but he wanted to grow the business he was now in. That was when he enrolled in college to get his business degree. While at Ursuline College he ran into something unexpected: a biology course. He resisted taking the class at first but after realizing he needed it to graduate he enrolled. That first class was all he needed to remember his childhood dream.

He received his business degree, then took science courses at a community college. After that he enrolled in a program at Cleveland State University which prepared him for the MCAT. After graduating with his second undergraduate degree he moved on to Northeast Ohio Medical University where he received his medical degree in 2019 at age 47.

Dr. Allamby is currently an Emergency Medicine Resident and Physician at Cleveland Clinic Akron General. He is also a motivational speaker, hoping to encourage the next wave of black doctors when they are young. He knows that if they see somebody who looks like them, they could also pursue their dreams.

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Dr. Ben Carson – #DiversityInHealthcare #BlackMenInWhiteCoats


Continuing with our 2022 theme of Black Men in White Coats, we are featuring Dr. Ben Carson for the month of April.

Ben Carson is considered a pioneer in the field of neurosurgery and recognized worldwide.

Growing up in a single-parent home in Detroit, Carson graduated high school with a full scholarship to Yale University. He graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1977 and was then accepted by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine neurosurgery program, completing his residency in 1983.

Dr. Carson was appointed director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in 1984 at age 33, then the youngest chief of pediatric neurosurgery in the United States.

In 1987, at 35, he received global acclaim as lead neurosurgeon in the separation of conjoined twins joined at the back of the head. It was the first successful operation of its kind. Additional accomplishments include performing the first successful neurosurgical procedure on a fetus inside the womb, developing new methods to treat brain-stem tumors, and revitalizing hemispherectomy techniques for controlling seizures.

Upon retirement in 2013, he was professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery, and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. After retiring from medicine Dr. Carson ran for president in 2016, and served as the U.S. secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under President Trump (2017–2021).

Dr. Carson has received numerous honors for his neurosurgery work, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2008 and election into the National Academy of Medicine in 2010.

Dr. Nate Hughes – #DiversityInHealthcare #BlackMenInWhiteCoats


Continuing with our 2022 theme of Black Men in White Coats, we are featuring Dr. Nate Hughes for the month of March.

Growing up, Dr. Hughes always wanted to be a football player and a doctor. He has been able to achieve both.

Dr. Hughes earned a nursing degree in 2008, then walked on to the NFL and played as a wide receiver for five years. He retired from the NFL in 2012, earned a Master of Science in Nursing in 2015, then entered medical school. He graduated from the University of Mississippi as a doctor in 2019.

He is currently completing his residency at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey where he was recently appointed Anesthesia Chief Resident for 2022-2023. He and his wife Angel are also raising three children.

Nate Hughes, MD is proof that people can achieve multiple dreams, and can be successful in athletics, academics, medicine,  and life.

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Dr. Dale Okorodudu – #DiversityInHealthcare #BlackMenInWhiteCoats


We are continuing our Diversity in Healthcare social media series for 2022 with the theme Black Men in White Coats.

Our first post of the year features Dr. Dale Okorodudu (known as “Dr. Dale”), the founder of the Black Men in White Coats movement. Dr. Dale grew up in the Houston area and earned his medical degree at the University of Missouri. He completed a residency in internal medicine at Duke University and trained in pulmonary and critical care at UT Southwestern in Dallas, where he is now a faculty member. He was named to the Ebony Power 100 List in 2020 and has won multiple awards for his leadership and mentoring activities.

Black Men in White Coats is a movement seeking to address the lack of Black male doctors in the United States. Only 2% of American physicians are Black men, and fewer Black men applied for medical school in 2014 than in 1978. Strategies to combat this problem include raising awareness of the issue; providing visible representation of Black men in medicine through social media, short video documentaries, a full-length documentary, a book, and more; and a strong focus on mentoring. Visit the website or follow the hashtag on social media – #BlackMenInWhiteCoats.

We plan to contribute to increasing representation in 2022 through our social media series. Check this blog as well as our Instagram and Twitter accounts throughout the year for profiles of #BlackMenInWhiteCoats. We also wish you a happy Black History Month and encourage you to seek out more information about the people currently making Black History, including Dr. Dale.

Copyright 101


The third and final session in the Health Sciences Library’s fall webinar series is coming up tomorrow. Please join us for this lunch & learn session to be held on Zoom.

Copyright 101
With Dave Fagundes, Baker Botts LLP Professor of Law and Research Dean at the University of Houston Law Center
Wed 11/17, 12 – 1 pm

This session will cover the basics of the federal Copyright Act and major judicial interpretations, including what works are protected, what acts are infringing, when unauthorized use may be permitted, and what common misunderstandings about copyright law to avoid.

This session will be recorded and archived in the UH Institutional Repository.

Please contact Rachel Helbing at with any questions.

Beverly Murphy – #DiversityInHealthcare


Beverly Murphy was elected as the first African-American President of the Medical Library Association in 2018.

Murphy is the Assistant Director of Communications and Web Content, as well as the nursing liaison, at the Duke University Medical Center Library & Archives. She was recruited to a technical services position directly out of library school, and has been a leader in health sciences libraries ever since. In addition to breaking barriers as the first African-American President of the Medical Library Association, she was also the first African-American chair of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association, the first African-American editor of MLA News, and the first African-American Recipient of the Marcia C. Noyes Award.

When asked about her advice for new leaders, Murphy said, “I believe you first have to learn to follow before you can lead. Don’t be afraid to take risks but listen and learn from every angle and expect the unexpected. You don’t have to be at the top of the food chain to be an effective leader, but you should be at the top of your game to effect change. Learn everything you can about leadership principles and apply them when given the right circumstances. Be an example people want to follow, engage those around you, and help them shine. Be accountable, honest, and transparent.”


EndNote 101


The second session in our fall webinar series is coming up this Wednesday. Please join us for this lunch & learn session to be held on Zoom.

  • EndNote 101
    With Stefanie Lapka
    Wed 10/20, 12 – 1 pm

After this session, you will be able to use EndNote Online to create an account, utilize plug-ins, add and organize references, and cite while you write.

This session will be recorded and archived in the UH Institutional Repository.

Please contact Rachel Helbing at with any questions.

Dr. Lisa I. Iezzoni – #DiversityInHealthcare


In 1998, Dr. Lisa I. Iezzoni became the first woman appointed professor in the department of medicine at Beth Israel Hospital. Throughout much of her career, she has focused her research agenda on the health concerns of people living with disabilities.

Iezzoni earned a master’s degree in health policy from the Harvard School of Public Health in the 1970s, and went on to receive her medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1984. During her first year of medical school, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). Because of the lack of accommodations available at the time for people with disabilities, as well as the lack of acceptance within medicine, she opted to follow a research track rather than complete an internship and become licensed as a medical doctor.

With her background in health policy, this was a natural fit. Her research has largely focused on measuring quality of care and improving fairness of payment. Additionally, she has researched disability, including health policy issues, health disparities, and the implications of disabling conditions on daily life.

In recent years, she has gotten involved in the #DocsWithDisabilities movement, calling for the profession to be more open and less ableist in order to improve healthcare.

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