Honorary Degrees
1918 - Present

Groesbeck  Parham 
Doctor of Science  2016
Status: conferred

Groesbeck P. Parham has devoted his life to improving the lives of the world's poor through efforts to reduce inequalities in health care and provide opportunities to realize individual potential. He earned his B.S. from Oberlin College and M.D. from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is professor of gynecologic oncology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Parham founded the Cervical Cancer Prevention Program in Zambia, where he lives. As a leader in combating women's cancers, he developed an innovative system for cervical cancer screening using simple household vinegar and a digital camera. This program has served more than 350,000 Zambian women and has been adopted by health care providers from South Africa to China. His work has been supported by Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, a public-private partnership to prevent cervical and breast cancer in Africa and Latin America, co-founded by the George W. Bush Institute, located on the SMU campus. SMU faculty and students have participated in numerous global health research, training and service activities in Zambia related to Dr. Parham's work. His many honors include awards from the Society of Gynecologic Oncology and the United Nations. For his extraordinary global efforts to improve the health of underserved women, Southern Methodist University is honored to confer upon Groesbeck P. Parham the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa.