and The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health Announce the 4th Annual Top Blacks in Healthcare Awards Gala Honorees

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15 of the Nation's Leading Health Professionals to Receive Top-Ranked Industry Honor (BDO), the leading online health destination for African Americans, and The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health announce the highly-anticipated list of distinguished honorees for the 4th Annual Top Blacks in Healthcare Awards Gala. This celebration of Black excellence will take place on Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Washington DC.

The awards gala, hosted by radio and television legend Donnie Simpson, will honor 16 individuals who have made outstanding contributions to medicine and health. 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 the challenges, and is honored to celebrate their success. Their trailblazing work ensures that everyone has access to quality healthcare,” said Reggie Ware, President and CEO of

Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall, Executive VP & Chief Medical Officer of Pfizer, will deliver the 2017 keynote address.

The 2017 honorees were identified and selected by previous Top Blacks in Healthcare award recipients as well as key individuals from partner organizations such as the National Medical Association, The George Washington University and the American Hospital Association. salutes this extraordinary list of Black healthcare professionals named as the “ Top Blacks in Healthcare” 2017 award recipients:

Kedrick D. Adkins Jr.; Chief Financial Officer, Mayo Clinic
Donna R. Cryer, JD; President & CEO, Global Liver Institute
Adaeze Enekwechi, PhD, M.P.P.; Associate Director for Health Programs, White House Office of Management & Budget, Appointee for President Barack Obama
Thomas A. Farrington; Founder & President, Prostate Health Education Network
Yolanda Haywood, M.D.; Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion & Student Affairs, The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences
Michael A. Kelly; Senior Vice President Global Business Services, Amgen
Honorable Robin L. Kelly; Congresswoman, Illinois’ 2nd District
Evelyn L. Lewis, MD, MA, FAAFP, DABDA; CMO Warrior Centric Health LLC, CMA, ReX LLC and Immediate Past President of the American Academy Family Physician Foundation
Freda Lewis-Hall, MD, DFAPA; Executive VP & Chief Medical Officer, Pfizer
Kimberly Banks MacKay; Head, U.S. Legal and Compliance, Novartis Business Services
Veronica T. Mallett, M.D., MMM; Senior Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean, School of Medicine, Meharry Medical College
Joseph Melancon, MD; Chief of The GW Transplant Institute and Division of Transplant Surgery
Desiree Ralls-Morrison; Senior VP, General Counsel & Secretary, Boehringer Ingelheim U.S.
MajGen Leonard M. Randolph Jr. M.D.; USAF (Ret.); Board Chairman, Cincinnati YMCA; Board Vice Chairman, Mercy Health (Cincinnati); Former Deputy Surgeon General-USAF; Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Plan Administration
Jonathan Woodson, M.D.; Former Asst. Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, US Defense Dept. Current Professor of Surgery, Boston University

Award recipients will be featured on the website, its Facebook page – with more than 1.5 million followers - and other related media. Currently, has a total monthly audience reach of more than 40 million visitors.

Executive Editor, Sandria Washington, 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.”

Sponsors for 2017 are Pfizer, Amgen, Novartis, Gilead and Otsuka.

For sponsorship and ticket information, contact Candace Brandon, Candace(at)blackdoctor(dot)org or at 312-222-1205.

About (BDO) is the world’s most comprehensive online health resource for Black consumers. With a monthly total audience reach of 60 million, BDO is the leading producer of targeted, culturally and clinically accurate health and editorial content on African Americans. BDO also boasts the largest online database of Black physicians and dentists as part of its free doctor search tool, and a medical expert panel including many of the most respected and accomplished experts in their field. Learn more about at and follow us on Twitter @BlackDoctor, and Facebook at

About Milken Institute School of Public Health

Established in July 1997 as the School of Public Health and Health Services, Milken Institute School of Public Health is the only school of public health in the nation’s capital. Today, more than 1,900 students from 54 U.S. states and territories and more than 50 countries pursue undergraduate, graduate and doctoral-level degrees in public health. The school also offers an online Master of Public Health, MPH@GW, and an online Executive Master of Health Administration, MHA@GW, which allow students to pursue their degree from anywhere in the world.

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