Importance, meaning of diversity to be addressed at annual breakfast


EduardoPino_squareDr. Eduardo Pino, associate professor of pediatrics at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, and the medical director of the Pediatric Intensive Care unit at Cabell Huntington Hospital, will be the keynote speaker at the annual Diversity Breakfast Friday, Feb. 20.

The theme for the event, which will run from 7:30 to 8:50 a.m. in the Memorial Student Center’s Don Morris Room, is “We are the World.” Marshall’s Diversity Breakfast was started in 2001 with the intent of promoting campus harmony and unity.

Maurice Cooley, associate vice president of intercultural affairs, described Pino as “simply a brilliant and spirited man that has unimaginable life experiences that will just bustle your heart.”

“As a Cuban-American, his childhood and professional life experiences helps us to better understand and deeply appreciate the importance of living in a free and democratic society with others from all walks of life,” Cooley said. “He is our best choice to address the importance and meaning of diversity globally, in America, in our community and on our campus.”

Pino obtained his medical degree from the San Juan Bautista School of Medicine in Puerto Rico. After a transitional internship at Arecibo Regional Hospital in Puerto Rico, he proceeded to pediatric residency training at Charity Hospital Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.

He later completed three-year fellowship training in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Jackson Children’s Hospital at the University of Miami School of Medicine. Pino’s research interest focuses on prevention of nosocomial infections, with active participation in the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions’ (NACHRI) collaborative initiative to reduce the incidence of catheter-associated bloodstream infections. Pino is fluent in both English and Spanish.

Special music will be performed during the breakfast by the Marshall University Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dr. Martin Saunders, associate professor of trumpet and jazz studies at Marshall.

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Photo: Dr. Eduardo Pino will be the featured speaker at the Diversity Breakfast Feb. 20.