CSU Physician Alumnus to Deliver University’s World AIDS Day Lecture

Dr. Leo MooreCOLUMBUS, Ga. — A Columbus State alumnus now studying medicine at Yale University will be the featured speaker Saturday for the university’s World AIDS Day program — an observance he initiated as a student.

Dr. Leo Moore, who graduated magna cum laude with a CSU biology degree in 2007, earned his medical degree at Morehouse School of Medicine in 2011 and is now an internal medicine resident at the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn.

He will deliver his World AIDS Day lecture, which is free and open to the public, at 3 p.m. Dec. 1 in Stanley Hall, Room 203 on CSU’s main campus. His lecture is titled “31 years of HIV/AIDS: Paying homage to the past, acknowledging the present and championing a future without HIV.”

Eta Sigma Gamma, a health education honors society, sponsors the annual event at CSU. Moore was an officer in CSU’s chapter of the organization in 2006 when he approached its adviser, Dr. Paula D. Walker, about the possibility of organizing a World AIDS Day event on campus.

“He knew he wanted to be a physician and always had an interest in infectious diseases and HIV,” said Walker, associate professor in CSU’s Health Science Program and a physician herself. “When he discovered there was a World AIDS Day, he came to me with the idea of us doing a fundraiser for the Ryan White Foundation.”

Since that initial, entertainment-oriented event, CSU’s World AIDS Day observance has “grown every year,” Walker said, last year featuring separate presentations by an epidemiologist from the Centers for Disease Control and a best-selling author.

Moore, who studied infectious diseases in both Haiti and Uganda while a medical student at Morehouse, was honored by the Georgia Chapter of the American College of Physicians as its “Outstanding Medical Student in Volunteerism and Advocacy. He also was recognized with the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award as the Morehouse 2011 medical graduate who best demonstrated the Arnold P. Gold Foundation’s ideals of “outstanding compassion in the delivery of care, respect for patients, their families and health care colleagues, as well as demonstrated clinical excellence.”

“His accomplishments serve as a reminder and proof of the world-class education that we offer at CSU,” Walker said. “Dr. Moore’s presentation will serve as a model of excellence that will inspire our entire CSU community, especially our current students, and alert them to the infinite possibilities that yet await them.”

Moore is now a member of the American College of Physicians, American College of Preventive Medicine and the American Academy of HIV Medicine.

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Photo: Dr. Leo Moore

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