Sten Vermund, MD, PhD and Jana Lauderdale, PhD, RN (photo by John Russell)

Sten Vermund, M.D., Ph.D., Amos Christie Professor of Global Health and director of the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health, was presented with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award on Monday, January 19, 2015 during the annual lecture that honors the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Each year the award is presented to a Vanderbilt faculty or staff member in the School of Medicine, School of Nursing or the Medical Center who emulates King’s principles through his or her work.

From the nomination letter, Vermund’s “achievements are inextricably tied to his commitments to marginalized populations in the U.S. and the world. He is the quintessential public health scientist/activist seeking to understand and listen to underserved populations and meet the gaping needs of the disenfranchised.”

Read more about the event in VUMC’s Reporter