Harlem Fine Arts Show Honors 23 Of Chicago’s Top Blacks In Medicine

The Harlem Fine Arts Show (HFAS) returns to Chicago this fall, at the state-of-the-art Malcolm X College(MXC) under the theme “The Health and Healing Power of Art.” In keeping with the theme, HFAS will salute outstanding medical professionals in the Chicagoland area, while raising awareness about medicine as a career choice for young people. Partnering with HFAS in this effort is the Cook County Physicians Association (CCPA), the Chicago affiliate of the National Medical Association (NMA). Show dates are November 16 – 19.

The Opening Night Gala Reception on Thursday, November 16, will feature a “Salute to African Americans in Medicine.” During this special program, 23 Chicago area doctors and medical professionals, representing some of the most prestigious medical institutions in the seven-county region, will be recognized for their outstanding careers and philanthropic work. Additionally, Congressman Danny K. Davis will be recognized for his long-standing advocacy for health issues impacting African Americans nationally. The next day, HFAS will host Youth Empowerment Day, with Chicago Public Schools middle and high school students, at MXC, where they will participate in workshops with African Americans in medicine, the arts and education to encourage their interest in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math).

2017 Chicago honorees

The 2017 African Americans in Medicine honorees are:

Howard Strassner, Chairman Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Rush University Medical Center

Terry Mason, Chief Operating Officer, Cook County Department of Public Health

Kalisha Hill, Chief Medical Officer, Medical Director Pathology and Laboratory Services, Presence St. Mary’s Hospital, Kankakee

Mark Grevious, Chairman of the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital, Founder, Health & Renewal Plastic Surgery Associates

Selwyn Rogers, Jr., Professor and Chief of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, Director of Trauma Center, EVP Community Health Engagement, University of Chicago Medicine

Clyde W. Yancy, Chief of Cardiology, Vice Dean of Diversity & Inclusion, Professor of Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Dr. Anngell Jones, Associate Chief Medical Officer and Division Chief of General Surgery, Sinai Health Systems

Cheryl Whitaker, Chief Executive Officer, NextLevel Health Partners, Inc.

Debra Wesley, Founder and President of Sinai Community Institute

Michael Davenport, Chief Medical Officer, Mercy Medical Center

Patricia Turner, Surgeon, President Society of Black Academic Surgeons, University of Chicago Medicine

Akua Afriyie-Gray, Medical Director, Outpatient Center for Women’s Health, Assistant, Loyola University Medical Center