A Profile of Keith L. Black, MD

The challenge. Keith L. Black is no stranger to challenges. At age seven, he took on segregationist rules in his hometown of Auburn, Ala., by swimming in a “whites only” pool. Science became Black’s next challenge when he was a teenager. At 17, he published a paper based on his work in a heart research lab that won the national Westinghouse Science Talent Search competition.

“One of real challenges of kids growing up in educationally disadvantaged areas—I’m using a new term here—is that they don’t have a chance to see what the potential is for careers in science. Brainworks is very small effort to stimulate students early, to keep them inspired, show them the magic of medicine and science.”

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