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Life Celebration Dinner for Fitzhugh Mullan

  • The Vineyards at Dodon 391 Dodon Road Davidsonville United States (map)

The event will begin at 4 pm with a welcome reception in the fermentation room, followed by an extraordinary dinner, prepared by Chef Steve Monnier, to honor our friend and colleague.


Passed Appetizers: White Stone Oyster with Sour Butternut Squash and Habanada Mignonette & Duck Liver Mousse with Rhubarb Gel served with Dodon Sauvignon Blanc

First Course: Carrot Tartare with sorrel, sourdough bread served with Dodon Chardonnay

Main Course: Steelhead Trout in a Saffron Brioche, Green Cabbage and Spinach, Champagne Sauce served with Dodon South Slope

Dessert: Assorted Cookies to include Chocolate Sablee, Almond Financier with Rhubarb & Lemon Barre served with coffee

This ticket will be used to cover the cost of the dinner

Getting to Dodon

From Annapolis, Washington, or Baltimore, take US Route 50 to Exit 16, Davidsonville Road/MD424.

Because parking is limited at the venue, we ask that you park at the Davidsonville Park and Ride located at Route 50, Exit 16. When you exit Route 50, stay left towards 424 north and then cross over 424 – the parking lot is straight ahead at the light.

Shuttles will leave the Park and Ride at 3:45 pm to take you to the winery.  

Please call 410-798-1126 or email with any questions.

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Dr. Fitzhugh Mullan

A pediatrician by training, Dr. Mullan has spent his professional life working for a more just approach to medicine, and health care more broadly.

As early as medical school, Dr. Mullan became a champion and leader for health equity. In 1965, he spent time as a medical civil rights worker in Holmes County, Mississippi, setting up a health association, providing health education, and raising the issue of segregation in health in the community. As a pediatric resident in the South Bronx, he provided health care in under-resourced city hospitals and advocated for communities disproportionately affected by health care disparities. Following residency training, he joined the National Health Service Corps to provide health care in rural New Mexico. Dr. Mullan’s first book, White Coat, Clenched Fist: The Political Education of an American Physician, captured these early experiences and became an anthem for medical activism.

In the midst of his public service career, at the age of 32, Dr. Mullan developed cancer and underwent surgery, radiation and chemotherapy to treat it. He shared his deeply personal experience as a patient in his second book,Vital Signs: A Young Doctor’s Struggle with Cancer. He wrote “Seasons of Survival: Reflections of a Physician with Cancer” in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1985, which many count as the call to arms for the survivorship movement. He went on to found the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, which continues today to advocate for quality cancer care, including special attention to the needs of cancer survivors.

Dr. Mullan remained in the Commissioned Corps of the US Public Health Service and went on to lead the National Health Service Corps and the Bureau of Health Professions. He served as the Secretary of Health for the state of New Mexico and became an Assistant Surgeon General and senior advisor to Surgeon General C. Everett Koop. In 1989, at the invitation of Dr. Koop, he researched and wrote Plagues and Politics: The Story of the US Public Health Service, a book still given today to all incoming PHS officers as an orientation gift.  

Since retiring from the government, Dr. Mullan has continued to advance health equity through his academic and public policy work. He founded theHealth Affairs Narrative Matters series, which uses the power of stories to bring meaning to health policy issues. His research has brought focus and attention to the role of health professions schools in addressing the needs of society. His study, “The Social Mission of Medical Education: Ranking the Schools,” brought the science of measurement to medical school outcomes and changed the conversation about the role of medical schools in addressing health equity. He has made significant contributions to federal policy, including Congressional testimony during the run up to the Affordable Care Act that resulted in the enactment of the Teaching Health Centers program.

Dr. Mullan has also been a life-long inspiration, mentor, and teacher of health equity leaders. This is exemplified in the Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity (AFHE) and the Beyond Flexner Alliance (BFA), both based in the George Washington University Health Workforce Institute. The AFHE is an interdisciplinary fellowship to develop global leaders to build more equitable health systems, organizations, and communities. The program started in 2017 and has already graduated 30 leaders who are advancing health equity across U.S. and global communities. Dr. Mullan also founded of the Beyond Flexner Alliance. The BFA is a growing movement to advance the social mission in health professions education. The BFA has sponsored four successful national conferences since 2012 and has established a community of practice for health equity leaders engaged in training the next generation of health professionals.

The Legacy Today

To honor Fitzhugh Mullan and to ensure that his work will continue, GW has launched a campaign to create a fund that will further his life goals for decades to come. The fund will focus on the central issues for which he has fought throughout his life: a more equitable distribution of health workforce resources as well as renewed commitment by health professions’ educational institutions and the professions themselves to social justice.

*In the event of an unforeseen need to cancel the dinner, ticket funds will be used to cover the food costs for Chef Monnier, and the remainder will be donated to the Mullan Legacy Fund*