Quinn Capers IV, MD, is an interventional cardiologist, professor of Internal Medicine and vice dean for Faculty Affairs in The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He supports and assists faculty in their clinical, teaching, research and administrative roles. He provides oversight to Ohio State’s Center for Faculty Advancement, Mentoring and Engagement, and serves as a liaison for faculty engagement and culture work. He also serves as ombudsman to the College of Medicine’s 26 departments.
He is a passionate advocate for diversity enhancement in medicine as a strategy to reduce healthcare disparities, and was instrumental in a dramatic turnaround in the diversity of Ohio State’s Cardiology fellowship training program, which had not trained a single African American heart doctor prior to 2007 and is now one of the most diverse cardiology fellowship training programs in the country.
As associate dean for Admissions from 2009 to 2019, Dr. Capers led his team to an increase in annual medical school applications (from 4,000 to nearly 8,000); an increase in women matriculates and an increase in the percentage of underrepresented minority students in the entering class to a high of 26% (compared to a national average of 13%), making Ohio State one of the most diverse majority medical schools in the country. His efforts were acknowledged in May 2019 when U.S. News & World Report ranked Ohio State #2 out of 152 medical schools (excluding the historically black medical schools) in the U.S. and Canada for the total number of African Americans enrolled. Concurrent with these nationally recognized achievements in diversity enhancement, the average MCAT score is above the 90th percentile.
Clinically, Dr. Capers has performed more than 4,000 coronary stent procedures, many in heart attack patients, and is expert at performing these procedures through the radial artery in the patient’s wrist.
A trained moderator of implicit bias workshops, Dr. Capers has trained more than 1,000 physicians and healthcare providers in strategies to reduce implicit bias, and he speaks widely on the topic of implicit racial and gender bias in medicine and health care.
His physician peers have named him one of America’s “Best Doctors” annually since 2009, and he’s routinely in the 90th percentile nationally for patient satisfaction. He is a member of Ohio State’s Mazzaferri-Ellison Society of Master Clinicians, a peer-nominated honorary society, and has won numerous teaching awards, including the 2019 Professor of the Year, the highest teaching award of Ohio State College of Medicine.
Dr. Capers earned his medical degree from Ohio State, and completed his residency in internal medicine and fellowships in vascular biology research, cardiovascular medicine and interventional cardiology at Emory University.