Matthew Carter Lecture continues message of compassion

Nov. 1, 2012

Dr. Gregory Carter, center, talks with Drs. James Phillips, Susan Gillespie, Mary Brandt and Kenya Steele, all of BCM, at the lecture honoring his son.

The 12th Annual Matthew A. Carter Memorial Lecture was held in October with Dr. Susan Gillespie, assistant professor of pediatrics – retrovirology and global health at Baylor College of Medicine, as the distinguished lecturer.

The Matthew Carter Memorial Lecture was established in memory of a first-year Baylor medical student killed in September 2000. The lecture carries on his message of compassion and caring to successive generations of medical students and health professionals. The annual lecture features individuals in the health care field who dedicate their careers to helping the less fortunate of the world.

Gillespie has a strong interest in international health and providing care to underserved populations. She cares for children with HIV both in the United States and in Sub-Saharan Africa. She also provides primary care to children at Houston's San Jose Clinic.

She is the chief medical officer of the Baylor International Pediatric Aids Initiative and spent two years in Africa working to establish several BCM Medical Centers for Excellence. Gillespie is in the BCM Master Teachers Fellowships Program and hopes to parlay this training into strengthening faculty development programs in medical schools in developing countries.