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Settlement reached in Dr. Aysha Khoury’s lawsuit against the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine



LOS ANGELES /PRNewswire/ — Dr. Aysha Khoury is pleased to announce the settlement of her lawsuit  and withdrawal of her National Labor Relations Board charge against the Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine (“KPSOM”).  Dr. Khoury is represented by Lisa Holder of the Law Offices of Lisa Holder, and Nathan Smith and Anita Wu of Brown, Neri, Smith & Khan LLP.

Dr. Khoury alleged in her lawsuit that on August 28, 2020, Dr. Khoury facilitated a small group session on racially disparate treatment of black patients in medicine and spoke from the heart about her own experiences with bias. Nine hours later the KPSOM administration discharged her from her teaching duties and told her they did not want to see her, pending an investigation into her classroom activities. She was replaced with a white male instructor. Dr. Khoury’s small group students wrote letters to KPSOM’s administration reporting that none of them complained to the school, that the class represented the most enlightening hour of their medical school education – one that would resonate with them throughout their medical careers, and that Dr. Khoury’s participation was critical to achieving KPSOM’s stated DEI mission.

Dr. Khoury further alleged that although the KPSOM investigation found that Dr. Khoury did nothing wrong in the classroom, leading to her reinstatement with the Kaiser Medical Group as a clinical physician, KPSOM refused to reinstate her to the faculty. To the contrary, after Dr. Khoury reported and publicly complained of KPSOM’s discrimination, retaliation and lack of due process, KPSOM further retaliated against her by reversing its offer to extend her contract and permanently discharging her. 

Dr. Khoury and KPSOM join in the following statement:

The Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine and Dr. Aysha Khoury are pleased to announce that they have resolved Dr. Khoury’s civil case and a National Labor Relations Board proceeding. The Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine was founded with a primary objective of advocating for diversity, equity, and inclusion in medical education and health care. The settlement includes a demonstrable commitment by the School to conduct further examination of its practices relating to diversity, equity, inclusion and implicit bias in medical education and to enhance those practices as well as share learning to positively influence medical education overall. There has not been any court or agency finding as to the merits of Dr. Khoury’s claims or the School’s defenses, as the parties were able to reach a settlement, allowing the parties to move forward with their shared goal of educating the next generation of physicians.

Dr. Khoury wishes to thank all the people who supported her during this challenging time – deans, professors, doctors, students, thousands of social media supporters. Your support was essential.

Going forward, while honoring her agreement with KPSOM, Dr. Khoury will continue to advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion in medical education . She will continue to fight implicit bias. And she will continue to share her experience at KPSOM in the hopes that others experiencing similar discrimination will know they are not alone.

SOURCE Brown, Neri, Smith & Khan LLP



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A Milestone in Prostate Cancer Research: The Inspiring Success of the RESPOND Study



In a monumental stride toward understanding and combating prostate cancer disparities, the RESPOND study has achieved a landmark victory by recruiting the largest cohort of African American men for prostate cancer research. This comes at a time when the need for such studies is more critical than ever, particularly given the disproportionate impact prostate cancer has on African American men.

Chasing Better Outcomes Amidst Challenges

Statistics reveal daunting disparities: African American men suffer from higher rates of prostate cancer with earlier onset and twice the mortality rate compared to other racial groups. Spearheaded by Dr. Christopher Haiman, a genetic epidemiologist at the University of Southern California (USC), the RESPOND study (Research on Prostate Cancer in Men of African Ancestry: Defining the Roles of Genetics, Tumor Markers, and Social Stress) has made remarkable strides in recruiting over 12,600 volunteers, far surpassing its initial goals.

Dr. Christopher Haiman, a genetic epidemiologist at the University of Southern California, is the RESPOND study’s principal investigator.

This success didn’t come easy, especially as the study’s recruitment phase coincided with the dual upheavals of the COVID-19 pandemic and a national reckoning with racial injustice under the Black Lives Matter movement. Nevertheless, the determination and innovative approaches employed by the RESPOND team, including using sophisticated tools like genome-wide genotyping and next-generation sequencing, have not only kept the study on track but also enriched its potential outcomes.

Understanding the Layers: From Genetics to Social Stress

The broad, holistic design of RESPOND allows examination of various factors potentially contributing to the stark disparities seen in prostate cancer outcomes among African American men. Dr. Haiman pointed out the use of geospatial information systems (GIS) to scrutinize the impact of environmental and social stresses on these men. Also, the study is delving into the roles of structural factors such as residential redlining, which historically denied essential services and opportunities based on racial composition of neighborhoods, thus potentially contributing to health disparities.

The Power of Collaboration and Community Engagement

The success of RESPOND owes much to Dr. Ann Hamilton, who co-leads the recruitment efforts drawing from her extensive background in epidemiological studies. Their team’s strategy involved direct engagement with the community, highlighting not only the immediate benefits of participation but also the long-term impacts for future generations. Collaborations with advocacy groups and leveraging community trust were also key to addressing and overcoming the skepticism often associated with participation in medical research among African American communities.

University of Southern California epidemiologist and the RESPOND’s recruitment lead, Dr. Ann Hamilton, with Mr. Freddie Muse, Jr., a men’s health advocate, at a prostate health event in Los Angeles.

The Road Ahead: Data Analysis and Future Research

As RESPond shifts from recruitment to data analysis, the possibilities are promising. Dr. Haiman envisions a series of future studies that could look into treatment types and their effects on survival rates, the use of AI in detecting tumor signatures, and genetic and lifestyle factors contributing to prostate cancer risks among African American men.

Each step forward not only brings us closer to understanding the complex interplay of factors contributing to cancer disparities but also underscores the crucial need for tailored medical research that respects and responds to the unique needs of diverse populations.

A Beacon of Hope

RESPOND stands as a beacon of hope, not just for those battling prostate and other forms of cancers but for the medical research community at large. It exemplifies how perseverance, innovation, and community engagement can come together to pave the way for groundbreaking advancements in health and medicine.

The thorough engagement of over 12,600 African American men in this significant study not only marks a historic achievement but also sets the stage for profound impacts on public health policies and future research methodologies. Through their dedication, the RESPOND team is creating a legacy that will benefit many generations to come, truly embodying the ethos of doing ‘what is needed for future generations’.

A Moment of Reflection

As we move forward, it is crucial to reflect on the lessons learned from the RESPOND study – lessons about resilience, the power of community, and the imperative to continually bridge gaps in healthcare disparities. The journey of RESPOND is far from over, but its impacts will resonate for years to, shaping the contours of minority health research and policy.

The journey towards equitable health outcomes continues, and thanks to initiatives like RESPOND, we are another step closer to a future where health disparities are no longer a barrier to living long, healthy lives.


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For further details on the RESPOND study and to support this critical research, please visit RESPOND Study Website. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of millions.

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Amtrak’s Borealis Route: Turning a Profit in Record Time

Amtrak’s Borealis route between St. Paul and Chicago turns a profit in just 11 days, setting a new standard for state-supported lines.



Borealis route

In a recent article published by Newsweek, it was reported that Amtrak’s new Borealis route between St. Paul and Chicago achieved a remarkable feat by turning a profit in just 11 days of operation. This achievement is particularly significant as it is one of the few state-supported lines within Amtrak’s network to do so.

The Borealis route managed to generate $600,000 in operating revenue during the month of May, while keeping operating expenses at $500,000. This resulted in a notable operating profit of $100,000 within a very short timeframe. The route, which officially launched on May 21, served a total of 6,600 passengers during its initial days of operation.

This success story highlights the potential for profitability and sustainability within the realm of rail transportation, showcasing the demand for efficient and reliable intercity travel options. The rapid profitability of the Borealis route not only reflects well on Amtrak’s strategic expansion efforts but also underscores the importance of investing in and improving public transportation infrastructure.

As Amtrak continues to innovate and adapt to changing travel demands, the success of the Borealis route serves as a testament to the viability of rail travel as a competitive and lucrative mode of transportation. The positive reception and financial performance of this new route signal a promising future for Amtrak and the broader landscape of rail transportation in the United States.

For further insights and comments on this remarkable achievement, Newsweek has reached out to Amtrak for additional information. Stay tuned for updates on this groundbreaking development in the world of rail travel.

Read the article in Newsweek titled New US Rail Route Makes Profit in Less Than Two Weeks. The piece dives into the remarkable success story of a newly inaugurated rail route that has managed to break even and move into profitability in a surprisingly short span. It explores the factors contributing to this rapid financial turnaround, such as the strategic planning, advanced technology implemented, high passenger demand, and efficiency in operations. Additionally, the article provides insights from industry experts and passengers, shedding light on the broader implications for the future of rail transportation in the United States. For an in-depth understanding, visit https://www.newsweek.com/new-us-rail-route-makes-profit-less-two-weeks-1922298.

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Setting the Record Straight: Philip B. Downing’s Legacy in Postal History

Discover the unsung hero, Philip B. Downing, an inventor who transformed mail security with his anti-tampering mailbox design, patented in 1891. His innovations still impact us today.



Philip B. Downing
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In the world of inventions and innovations, recognition often eludes unsung heroes whose contributions shape our daily lives. One such hero, Philip B. Downing, an African American inventor, made a significant impact on the postal system with his innovative version of the U.S. postal mailbox. Though often overlooked, Downing’s inventions have left a lasting legacy on the way we handle and protect our mail. Let’s take a closer look at his life and achievements, while addressing misconceptions surrounding other names in the history of the street mailbox.

The Life and Inventions of Philip B. Downing:

Born in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1857, Philip B. Downing faced numerous challenges and societal barriers as an African American inventor in the late 19th century. However, his determination and ingenuity propelled him forward.

While Downing is best known for his contribution to the development of the street railway switch, his impact on the postal system is equally significant. In 1891, he patented his version of the U.S. postal mailbox, incorporating an anti-tampering feature. This innovative design protected mail from the elements and tampering, ensuring its safe delivery. Downing’s other patents included an envelope moistener and a user-friendly desktop notepad.

The Legacy of Philip B. Downing:

Despite his notable inventions and their impact on the postal system during his time, Philip B. Downing’s name has been overshadowed by other inventors who were involved in the development of the mailbox. However, it is essential to recognize the contributions of all parties while ensuring historical accuracy.

Addressing Misconceptions:

Some mentions have been made of individuals such as JH VanDoran, but the evidence for their involvement in the development of the mailbox is scarce or nonexistent. On the other hand, the Van Dorn Iron Works Company of Cleveland, Ohio, played a crucial role in manufacturing collection boxes for the Post Office Department. It is worth acknowledging the contributions of all involved parties while setting the record straight.

Philip B. Downing’s contributions as an inventor serve as an inspiring example of resilience and determination. His revolutionary designs in the postal system not only enhanced efficiency but also ensured the security of mail delivery. Downing’s remarkable achievements, often overshadowed by others, deserve recognition and remembrance. As we celebrate Moments in History, it is important to shine a light on the overlooked heroes like Philip B. Downing, whose work shapes our world today. Let us honor their legacies as we continue to aspire, innovate, and shape the future.


National Postal Museum

“Vanishing Americana: Lamp Post Letter Boxes” by James H. Bruns and Michael J. Lilly.

Philip B. Downing – United States Patent Office




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