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Top Blacks in Healthcare 2024 Finalists Announced

--News Direct-- (BDO) today announces its highly anticipated finalists for the 9th annual Top Blacks in Healthcare (TBH) awards, a celebration of history-makers and trailblazers in support of the Black community. TBH recognizes 15 distinguished honorees for innovative thinking, contributions and leadership that inspire greatness in our industry - for now and for generations to come.

“The Top Blacks in Healthcare award honorees are role models who have reached a pinnacle in their careers supporting the Black community. As trust remains the number one gap and barrier to overcome, BDO is thrilled to spotlight their respective journeys, which lead the trajectory that reshapes our future,” said Reggie Ware, CEO, (BDO).

The 2024 Top Blacks in Healthcare award recipients include:

  1. Edrice Simmons, VP of US Oncology, AbbVie
  2. Charles Henderson, CEO, American Diabetes Association (ADA)
  3. Mike Edmondson, VP Performance Optimization, Amgen
  4. Richard Allen Williams MD, FACC, FAHA, FACP, Founder, Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC) Founder, President and CEO, Minority Institute
  5. David M. Carlisle MD, PhD, President and CEO, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine (CDU)
  6. Rashad Burgess, VP Advancing Health & Black Equity, Gilead Sciences
  7. Katie Williams, Chief Marketing Officer US & Member of the Executive Team, Haleon
  8. Howard Reid, Global Head/SVP Global Public Health, Social Impact, Johnson & Johnson
  9. James Earl King Hildreth, MD, PhD, President, Meharry Medical College
  10. Chirfi Guindo, Chief Marketing Officer & Member of the Executive Team, Merck
  11. Yolanda Lawson, MD, President, National Medical Association (NMA)
  12. Negelle Morris, Senior Vice President, Head of US Cardiometabolic Sales, Novo Nordisk
  13. Rose Blackburne, MD, MBA, VP, Global Head General Medicine, Thermo Fisher Scientific
  14. Julie Spencer Washington, EVP, Chief Marketing, Communications & Customer

Experience Officer, Trinity Health

15. Darrell M. Gray II, MD, MPH, FACG, President & CEO, Wellpoint Maryland

BDO Executive Editor Jade Curtis states, “Celebrating honorees and sharing their incredible accomplishments inspire BDO’s audience to keep pushing toward their own personal greatness. As trust is our foundation, we must continue to reach Blacks in a trustworthy manner, in places they trust, by people they trust."

The celebration of Black excellence will be held on Thursday, April 18, 2024 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington, DC (1150 22nd St. NW). The historic day begins with the Thought Leadership Summit at the National Press Club and will culminate with the Top Blacks in Health Awards Gala. The Awards Gala is hosted by radio and television legend Donnie Simpson. The Thought Leadership Summit consists of day-long panels of healthcare leaders discussing topics to make health equity a reality. The panels are live-streamed to BDO’s Black community for a two-way dialogue and experience.

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BDO is committed to partnering with the pharma and biotech industry to support clinical trial recruitment and retainment with its Clinical Trial Resource Center, content and robust Find a Black Doctor tool.

BDO positively impacts health disparities and health equity, which has become an increasing priority with health stakeholders. BDO's mission is to get every Black family as healthy as possible and has been able to build an activated, health-focused consumer base, about which it has deep insights. BDO works with leading Black medical and health experts to provide "how to do it, you can do it" content to an audience who needs it most.

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