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February 27, 2019

By Gary A. Puckrein, PhD


For Immediate Release

27 February 2019 | WASHINGTON, DC

The National Minority Quality Forum is proud to announce the selection of the 2019 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health

The National Minority Quality Forum is proud to announce the selection of the 2019 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 2019 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 announce this year’s class of 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health,” said Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust Chair Dr. Robin Kelly. “In 2019, it’s unacceptable that health disparities still exist across our country. I know that these new leaders are on the front lines working to realize the dream of eliminating health disparities, within a generation. Their fresh ideas, new approaches and innovate solutions will lead to decreases in health inequalities for minority communities who have suffered for too long without adequate or equal access to care.”

40 Under 40 recipients will receive their award at the 2019 NMQF Leadership Summit on Health Disparities and CBC Spring Health Braintrust Gala Dinner on April 9. For more information on the 2019 NMQF Leadership Summit on Health Disparities and Spring Health Braintrust please visit

  •  Adewole Adamson, MD, MPP, Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin

  • Crystal Aguh, MD, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

  • Jay-Sheree Allen, MD, Centracare Health

  • Alazar D. Ayele, Biogen, Inc.

  • Brandon Batiste, MPH, Magellan Health

  • Keosha Bond, EdD, MPH, CHES, New York Medical College

  • Khadijah Breathett, MD, MS, FACC, FAHA, New York Medical College

  • Sierra Carter, PhD, Georgia State University

  • Hyung Cho, MD, FACP, SFHM, New York City Health + Hospitals

  • Frank Clark, MD, PRISMA Health

  • Lanla Conteh, MD, MPH, Ohio State University Medical Center

  • Ricardo Correa Marquez, MD, Es.D, University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix/Phoenix VAMC

  • Utibe Essein, MD, MPH, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

  • Kofi Essel, MD, MPH, Children’s National Health System & George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences

  • Altovise Ewing, PhD, LCGC, 23andMe

  • Malika Fair, MD, MPH, FACEP, Association of American Medical Colleges

  • Tisha Felder, PhD, MSW, University of South Carolina College of Nursing

  • Nkanyezi Ferguson, MD, University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics

  • Jennifer Fisher, JD, American Dental Association

  • Andrew Gentles, PharmD, BCPS AQ-ID, Food and Drug Administration

  • Michelle Golla, MD, MPH, Fairfield Medical Center

  • Hesham Hamoda, MD, MPH, Harvard Medical School

  • Jonathan Jackson, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital

  • Janina Jeff, PhD, MS, Illumina

  • Ali Khan, MD, MPP, FACP, CareMore Health/Anthem

  • Shanina Knighton, PhD, RN, Case Western Reserve University

  • Bernadette Lim, UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program

  • Emmanuel Mensah, MD, MBA, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Harvard Medical School

  • Alexa Mieses, MD, MPH, Duke University Health System

  • Priscilla Mpasi, MD, FAAP, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

  • Edjah Nduom, MD, National Institutes of Health

  • Jennifer Rutledge Pettie, JD, MPH, Centers For Disease Control and Prevention

  • Amira del Pino-Jones, MD, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

  • Whitney Raglin Bignall, PhD, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University College of Medicine

  • Cleo Samuel, PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Gillings School of Global Public Health

  • Ankoor Shah, MD, MBA, MPH, Children’s National Medical Center

  • Che Smith, PhD, Advance Analytics LLC

  • Teresa Smith, MD, MSEd, FACEP, SUNY Downstate/ Kings County Hospital

  • Jovonni Spinner, MPH, CHES, Food and Drug Administration- Office of Minority Health

  • Maranda Ward, EdD, MPH, The George Washington University


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 U.S. population, including minorities.

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