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March 08, 2018
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(BPRW) BlackDoctor.org and Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University Announce the 5th Annual Top Blacks in Healthcare Awards Gala Honorees

15 of the nation’s leading health professionals to receive top-ranked industry honor

(Black PR Wire) CHICAGO (March 8, 2018) — BlackDoctor.org (BDO), the leading online health destination for African Americans, and the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University announce the highly-anticipated list of distinguished honorees for the 5th Annual Top Blacks in Healthcare Awards Gala. This celebration of Black excellence will take place on Thursday, April 26, 2018 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The awards gala, hosted by radio and television legend Donnie Simpson, will honor 15 individuals who have made outstanding contributions to medicine, health and wellness. These highly esteemed and accomplished individuals not only maintain a demanding work/life balance, but they are also progressively moving their communities forward.

“These individuals have reached the highest levels in their careers, despite challenges, and BlackDoctor.org is honored to celebrate their success. Their trailblazing work ensures that everyone has access to quality healthcare,” said Reggie Ware, President and CEO of BlackDoctor.org.

Delivering the 2018 keynote address is Dr. William H. Carson, President and CEO of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc. (Otsuka), a leading healthcare company developing innovative solutions for patients and care providers. Otsuka’s commitment to innovation in healthcare comes in many forms, with a focus on mental health – reinforced by their recent FDA approval for the first digital medicine – along with an emerging portfolio in digital health, oncology, and renal disease.

BlackDoctor.org salutes this extraordinary list of Black healthcare professionals named as the “BlackDoctor.org Top Blacks in Healthcare” 2018 award recipients:

Keith L. Black, MD; Chair, Department of Neurosurgery; Director, Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute; Director, Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. Brain Tumor Center; Professor, Neurosurgery Ruth and Lawrence Harvey Chair in Neuroscience, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Otis W. Brawley, MD, MACP; Chief Medical & Scientific Officer and Executive Vice President, American Cancer Society; Professor of Hematology, Oncology, Medicine and Epidemiology, Emory University

Doris Browne, MD, MPH; President, National Medical Association

William H. Carson, MD; President & Chief Executive Officer, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc. (Otsuka)

Craig Emmitt Cole, MD; Assistant Professor- Multiple Myeloma and Plasma Cell Dyscrasia Program, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan

Julius B. Dixon; Commercial Business Director, Boehringer Ingelheim U.S.

Quita Highsmith; Head, Alliance & Advocacy Relations, Genentech

Keith Hopps; Director, CNS Marketing, Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Doxie Jordan; Vice President, Area Commercial Lead, Novo Nordisk Inc.

Conrod Kelly; Executive Director, US Marketing Lead, Diabetes Franchise, Merck

LaQuandra S. Nesbitt, MD, MPH; Director, D.C. Department of Health

Lisa A. Newman, MD, MPH; Director - Breast Oncology Program, Director - International Center for the Study of Breast Cancer Subtypes, Henry Ford Cancer Institute, Henry Ford Health System

Coleman K. Obasaju, MD, PhD; Senior Medical Director-Oncology, Eli Lilly and Company

Rukeyser S. Thompson, PhD; Global Hair Care Section Head Research & Development (R&D), Procter & Gamble (P&G)

Brian Williams, RPh; Head of U.S. Marketing-Cardiovascular Franchise, Novartis Pharmaceuticals

Award recipients will be featured on the BlackDoctor.org website, its Facebook page – with more than 2 million followers -  and other related media. Currently, BlackDoctor.org has a total monthly audience reach of more than 40 million visitors.

Editor, Bryana Holcomb, stated, “Today, more than ever, we must tap into our personal and collective power to create the changes we need in healthcare and beyond. Celebrating our honorees and sharing their incredible accomplishments will inspire our readers to keep pushing toward their own personal greatness.” 


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