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March 15, 2023

By Gary A. Puckrein, PhD

For Immediate Release

15 March 2023 | Washington, DC

National Minority Quality Forum Announces
2023 “40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health” Award Recipients

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 15, 2023) —Today, National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF) announced its 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health for 2023 that will receive recognition and awards during National Minority Health Month in April.

Since 2016, NMQF has selected 40 health leaders from minoritized populations under the age of 40 who have been leading the charge to better patient outcomes and build sustainable healthy communities. These leaders are clinicians, patient advocates, researchers and policy makers. These 40 leaders have persevered in strengthening their communities and reducing health disparities amid ongoing challenges within the healthcare system.

“It is an honor to welcome the eighth class of 40 Under 40 honorees. These leaders exemplify our vision of ‘Reimagining Our Healthcare to Protect the Most Vulnerable’ and are making incredible strides in health equity.” said Dr. Gary Puckrein, President and Chief Executive Officer at the National Minority Quality Forum. “We recognize the dedication and passion displayed by these young leaders because we know that they will work to improve the health outcomes of everyone served by our healthcare system.”

The honorees join a growing field of peers who have been previously recognized and will be able to connect with them to collaborate on ideas, partner on work and develop mentoring relationships as they desire.

“I am proud to recognize this year’s class of health leaders as the change-makers that they are,” said Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust Chair Rep. Robin Kelly. “Their leadership in the healthcare industry and steadfast commitment to equity will benefit patients and providers alike. I am confident that these leaders will serve as an inspiration to aspiring healthcare professionals hoping to make a difference.”

The 40 Under 40 Winners will receive their awards during the 2023 NMQF Summit on Health Disparities and Spring Health Braintrust April 17 – 18, 2023. For information and registration, please visit

40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health for 2023

Jerry P. Abraham, MD, MPH, CMQ
Director & Chief Vaccinologist / Assistant Professor
Kedren Community Health Center / Charles R. Drew University of Medicine & Science 

Tyler Adamson, MPH
Director of Epidemiology
Maryland Department of Health, Center for Cancer Prevention and Control

Omolola Adeoye-Olatunde, PharmD, MS
Assistant Professor, Director of Community Engagement and Evaluation
Purdue University College of Pharmacy, Center for Health Equity and Innovation

Joseph Aderemi, MD
Resident Physician, Psychiatry
Henry Ford Health

AZA Stephen Allsop MD, PhD
Assistant Professor and General Psychiatry Resident
Yale School of Medicine

Hermioni Amonoo, MD, MPP
Assistant Professor
Harvard Medical School

Jasmine Brown, MPhil
Medical Student
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Willie Burden Jr., JD
In-House Counsel
International Brotherhood of Teamsters

Alita-Geri Carter, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC
Public Health Analyst
Health Resources and Services Administration

Pooja Chandrashekar
MD/MBA Candidate
Harvard Medical/Business School

Christopher Cox, MPH
Chief of Staff
U.S. Rep. Yvette D. Clarke

Thomas K.M. Cudjoe, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Kamilah Dixon, MD, MA
Assistant Professor, Vice Chair of DEI and Medical Director
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Director

Aidea Downie, MA
Maternal Child Health Program Manager 
Rhode Island Department of Health

Theiline T. Gborkorquellie, MD, MHS, FAAP
Assistant Director of Resident Health Equity Education/Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Children’s National Hospital / The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Aquarius Gilmer, M.Div
Director, Business Strategy & Operations
Gilead Sciences, Inc.

Gilbert Gonzales, PhD, MHA
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Health & Society
Vanderbilt University

Annette Grotheer, MD, MPH
Founder & CEO
The Shop Docs

Gwendolyne Jack, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Weill Cornell Medicine

Khadijah Khan
Manager, Specialty Health Solutions

Jamal Lawrence, MD, DipABLM
Founder | CEO | Physician
Harvest Health MD

Leo Lopez III, MD, MHS
Medical Director, Institute for Public Health, and School-based Health
University Health

Shweta Singh Maniar
Director, Healthcare & Life Sciences Solutions, Google Cloud – BioPharma/BioTech

Briancca Marshall, PharmD, RPh
Pharmacy Manager

Associate Director, Research & Administration
Weill Cornell Medicine

Sashi Moodley, MD, MBA
Chief Clinical Officer
Walgreens Boots Alliance

Alicia Morehead-Gee, MD, MS
Medical Director, HIV Prevention
AltaMed Health Services

Sophia Nnenna Ononye-Oniya, PhD, MPH, MBA, NACD.DC
Founder & CEO
The Sophia Consulting Firm

Camille Pope, PharmD, RPh
Chief Medical Lead

Chrystal Pristell, MS, DO
Resident Physician
Medstar Franklin Square

Heather M. Rice, PhD, CPNP-PC, PMHS
Assistant Professor, Clinician and Researcher
Cleveland State University College of Health (School of Nursing)

Tiarney Ritchwood, PhD
Assistant Professor
Duke University School of Medicine  

Aftin Ross, MSE, PhD
Senior Special Advisor
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Devices and Radiological Health

Michael Simoni, MD, FACOG
Reproductive Medical Associates of New Jersey

Stephanie Strohbeen, MD
Resident Physician
Medical College of Wisconsin

Manuel Tapia, MD, MPH
Associate Clinical Professor
UCSF Family & Community Medicine  

Monica Wang, ScD, MS
Associate Professor, Chair
Boston University School of Public Health, Boston University Center for Antiracist Research

Francesca Weaks, DrPH, MCHES
Senior Faculty Researcher, Center for Health Equity / Principal & Founder
School of Public Health, University of Maryland College Park / The Genevieve Strategy Group  

Ashlea Winfield, MD, MSPH
Attending Physician IX-SC, Assistant Professor Emergency Medicine, Associate Director of Simulation
Cook County Health  

Shannon Zullo, MD, MS
Resident Physician
University of California, San Francisco
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About the National Minority Quality Forum
The National Minority Quality Forum assists health care providers, professionals, administrators, researchers, policymakers, and community and faith-based organizations in delivering appropriate health care to minority communities. This assistance is based on providing the evidence in the form of science, research, and analysis that will lead to the effective organization and management of system resources to improve the quality and safety of health care for the entire population of the U.S., including minorities. For more information, please visit

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