Hopkins has its first Black chief resident in cardiac surgery. Dr. Levi Watkins first arrives as a surgical resident at Hopkins in 1970. After completing his residency, he becomes a full-time faculty in the Division of Cardiac Surgery. Dr. Watkins performs the first human implantation of the automatic implantable defibrillator. He joins the admissions committee to improve dramatically minority representation in the medical school and initiates an annual Martin Luther King, Jr., commemoration and awards program.
Franklin W. Knight becomes the first tenured Black professor in Arts and Sciences. He arrived at Hopkins in 1973.
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