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April 01, 2017

By Gary A. Puckrein, PhD


The National Minority Quality Forum is proud to announce the selection of the 2017 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health. After receiving hundreds of applications from healthcare professionals across the country, these 40 represent the next generation of thought leaders in reducing health disparities.

“Here at the NMQF, we are truly excited about this next class of honorees and recognizing them at our annual leadership summit,” stated NMQF President & CEO Dr. Gary Puckrein.  “The 2017 winners are doing amazing things that both better and diversify the healthcare marketplace.  They serve as positive role models for our next generation of leaders in minority health.”

“I am excited to meet this year’s 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health at the CBC Spring Health Braintrust,” said Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust Chair Dr. Robin Kelly.  “Our country needs new leaders to fulfill the dream of eliminating health disparities in a generation.  Fresh ideas and new approaches are needed to decrease health inequalities for minority communities currently suffering from poor access to quality healthcare.”

40 Under 40 recipients will receive their award at the 2017 NMQF Leadership Summit on Health Disparities and CBC Spring Health Braintrust Gala Dinner on April 25.  For more information on the 2017 NMQF Leadership Summit on Health Disparities and CBC Spring Health Braintrust please visit

2017 Winners:

Chinonso Edward Akano, PharmD

Arbor Pharmaceuticals, LLC

Renaisa Anthony, MD, MPH

University of Nebraska Med Center/Center for Reducing Health Disparities


American Hospital Association

Christopher Boone, PhD, MHA, FACHE

Avalere Health, An Inovalon Company

O. N. Ray Bignall II, MD

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Italo M. Brown, MD, MPH

Jacobi Medical Center/Montefiore Medical Center

Jameisha Brown, MS, CHES

Texas A&M University/Windsor Village Church Family

Paris D. Butler, MD, MPH

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Christie A. Canaria, PhD

National Cancer Institute Small Business Innovation Research Development Center

Monique C. Chambers, MD, MSL

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Sasha DuBois, MSN, RN

Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Kafui Dzirasa, MD, PhD

Duke Institute for Brain Sciences

Bryan Tole Fisher Sr., MD

Centennial Medical Center

Faith Fletcher, PhD, MA

University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health

Teena L. Francois-Blue, MPH

Francois-Blue Consulting, LLC

Christy M. Gamble, JD, DrPH, MPH

Black Women’s Health Imperative

Eulice Brandon Garrett

Paladin Healthcare Capital

Waverly Gordon, JD, MHA

House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee

Darrell Gray II, MD, MPH

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Vin Gupta, MD, MSC

Brigham & Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School

Ebony Hilton-Buchholz, MD

Medical University of South Carolina

Hope T. Jackson, MD

University of Washington Medical Center, Minimally Invasive Surgery Foregut/Bariatric Surgery Fellowship

Sachin H. Jain, MD, MBA

Anthem’s CareMore Health System

Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins, PhD

University of Pennsylvania

Donney John, PharmD

NOVA ScriptsCentral

Mia R. Keeys, MA

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation

Latrice Landry, MS, PhD, MSC

Brigham and Women’s Hospital/ Harvard Medical School

Kameron Matthews, MD, JD, FAAFP

VHA Office of Community Care

Isha Metzger, PhD

Medical University of South Carolina National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center

Yamile Molina, PhD, MPH

University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health

Michael Nduati, MD, MBA, MPH

University of California, Riverside School of Medicine

MAJ Torie Comeaux Plowden, MD, MPH, FACOG

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Maria Portela Martinez, MD, MPH

Health Resources Services Administration

Kenneth Robinson, MD

University of Maryland

Lindsey Ross, MD

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Vanessa Salcedo, MD, MPH

Union Community Health Center

Erin Searles, PharmD.

The Family Health Center of Georgia

Meena Singh, MD, FAAD

KMC Dermatology and Hair Center

Felicia Stokes, JD, RN

American Nurses Association

Janise Wiggins, LSW, MPA

Nevada Office of Minority Health


About The Forum

The National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, non-partisan, independent research and education organization. The vision of NMQF is a health services research, delivery and financing system that provides quality and effective health services to the biodiverse American general population of the 21st century. NMQF helps assure that national and local quality improvement initiatives are informed by scientific evidence, and place a priority on the quality of care and patient outcomes in all populations.

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