Steven Jackson, MD '06 to Keynote AUC Commencement Ceremony
AUC is pleased to announce that Dr. Steven Jackson, AUC Class of 2006, will serve as the keynote speaker for this year's Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 21 honoring the Class of 2022. The ceremony will be livestreamed on Facebook beginning at 7:00 pm ET.
Dr. Jackson is a program director and spinal cord injury specialist at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn., part of HealthPartners. He serves as clinical program director, spinal cord injury medicine; co-chairman, medical advisor for health equity; and medical director, patient experience. Dr. Jackson is also an assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Minnesota Medical School.
Dr. Jackson is passionate about addressing disparities and advancing health equity. He has dedicated significant time and research in these areas, including his research project, “Identifying Racial and Ethnic Outcome Disparities After Discharge from Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation,” which aims to determine if there is a difference in the change in function and/or discharge destination based on race or ethnicity. As co-host of the podcast “Off the Charts: Examining the Health Equity Emergency,” Dr. Jackson plays a pivotal role in expanding the definition of healthy communities through open dialogue and conversations about diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism. In addition, he has been engaged with research projects to increase the quality of life for patients recovering from and managing lifelong spinal cord injuries. His research and practice in spinal cord injury are centered on encouragement, hope and restoration for his patients.
After graduating from AUC School of Medicine in 2006, Dr. Jackson completed his surgery internship and postdoctoral research fellowship in orthopedic surgery at Mayo Clinic / Mayo School of Graduate Education in Rochester, Minn. He completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, where he served as chief resident and later completed his fellowship in spinal cord injury. He is board certified in spinal cord injury by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and earned his MBA from Hamline University.