Announces The “Top Blacks In Healthcare” 2014 Award Recipients



Erika Gardner
Executive Assistant to the CEO
312-222-1205 office
312-222-1290 fax

CHICAGO (February 14, 2014) – As the leading provider of culturally-relevant health news and resources for African Americans, seeks to educate and celebrate the black community.  In partnership with the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions, salutes an extraordinary list of black healthcare professionals named as the inaugural “ Top Blacks in Healthcare” 2014 award recipients.

“Our program seeks to recognize distinguished African American healthcare executives for their contributions to the industry and serve as a role model to other minority healthcare leaders and the black community overall,” said Reggie Ware, President & CEO of

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The list of noteworthy 2014 honorees was selected from among 250 of the most accomplished black healthcare professionals in America by a panel that included editors and key individuals from partner organizations such as the National Medical Association and Johns Hopkins University.

Throughout February, award recipients will be interviewed and featured on the website, its Facebook page and other related media and social sites in celebration of Black History Month.  Currently, has a total monthly audience reach of more than 15 million visitors.

Ware added, “We feel that we are celebrating history in the making by honoring those who, not only have outstanding achievements in the healthcare field, but are creating a legacy for future trailblazers to come.”

On April 3, 2014, an awards dinner, co-hosted by Johns Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions, will be held in Baltimore, Maryland.

2014 Honorees:

Dr. Leandris Liburd – Director for Minority Health & Health Equity, Center for Disease Control

Dr. Clyde Yancy – Chief of Cardiology & Professor of Medicine, Northwestern University

Debra Fraser-Howze – Senior Vice President of Government and External Affairs, OraSure Technologies, Inc.

Michael Ugwueke DHA, FACHE – Executive Vice President & COO, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare

Samuel L. Ross, M.D., M.S. – Chief Executive Officer, Bon Secours Baltimore Health System

Dr. Regina Benjamin – 18th U.S. Surgeon General & Chair of Public Health Sciences, Xavier University

Kenneth Grant – Vice President, General Services, The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Garth Graham, M.D. – President, Aetna Foundation

Floyd W. Green III – Corporate Vice President & Head of Community Relations & Urban Marketing, Aetna

Mark S. Johnson, M.D. – Dean, Howard University College of Medicine

Myrtle Potter – President & CEO, Myrtle Potter and Company, LLC

Donald Wilson, M.D. – Dean Emeritus, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Lloyd Dean – President & CEO, Dignity Health

Kimberlydawn Wisdom, M.D., M.S. – Senior Vice President of Community Health & Equity & Chief Wellness Officer, Henry Ford Health System

David R. Williams, Ph.D – Professor of Public Health, Harvard University School of Medicine

Lisa Cooper, M.D. – Center Director & Principal Investigator, The Johns Hopkins University

Levi Watkins, M.D. – Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Affairs, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Derica Rice – Executive Vice President, Global Services, & Chief Financial Officer, Eli Lilly & Company

Kelvin A. Baggett, M.D. – Senior Vice President & CFO, Tenet Healthcare

Dr. David Satcher – 16th U.S. Surgeon General & Director of the Center of Excellence on Health Disparities, Morehouse School of Medicine

Lonnel Coats – President & CEO Americas Region, Eisai, Inc.

Bernard Tyson – Chairman & CEO, Kaiser Permanente

Dr. James Gavin – CEO & Chief Medical Officer, Healing Our Village, Inc.

Michael Sneed – Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs, Johnson & Johnson

Robin L. Washington – Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Gilead Sciences

John W. Bluford, MBA, FACHE – President & CEO, Truman Medical Centers

Helene Gayle – President & CEO, CARE USA

A. Cherrie Epps, Ph.D – President & Chief Executive Officer, Meharry Medical College

Kevin E.  Lofton, FACHE – President & CEO, Catholic Health Initiatives

Donna L. Jacobs – Senior Vice President, Government and Regulatory Affairs, University of Maryland Medical System

Wright L. Lassiter, III – Chief Executive Officer, Alameda Health System – Oakland

Kermit Crawford – President of Pharmacy, Health, and Wellness Division, Walgreens

Michael A. Lenoir, M.D. – President, National Medical Association

Elijah Saunders, M.D. – Clinical Professor, University of Maryland School of Medicine

John E. Maupin Jr., D.D.S. – President, Morehouse School of Medicine

Albert P. Parker II – EVP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Tunde Otulana, M.D. – Senior Vice President, Clinical Development & Medical Affairs, Boehringer Ingelheim

For information about sponsorship or advertising opportunities at the awards dinner, contact Erika Gardner, Executive Assistant to the CEO, at 312-222-1205.

About (BDO) is the world’s most comprehensive online health resource for black consumers. With a monthly total audience reach of 15 million, BDO is the leading producer of targeted, culturally accurate health content for African Americans.  BDO’s users appreciate receiving health advice in an environment they trust and in a language they understand. BDO also boasts the largest online database of black physicians and dentists as part of its free doctor search tool.

About The Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions

The Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions (HCHDS) was established in October 2002 and brings together the health research and program development resources of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutes (schools of Public Health, Medicine, and Nursing) to demonstrate the efficacy of public health, social science and medical science in mitigating health disparities. HCHDS does this through efforts in research, training and community outreach. The Center has a national focus, but much of their work takes place in the local Baltimore community. The HCHDS is designated as a National Comprehensive Center of Excellence in Health Disparities by the NCMHD of the National Institutes of Health.

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