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Black Health Magazine: Announces its 6th Annual Black History Month’s Commemorative Issue honoring 15 of the Top African American Medical Educators in the U.S.

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Black Health Magazine: Announces its 6th Annual Black History Month’s Commemorative Issue honoring 15 of the Top African American Medical Educators in the U.S.

ATLANTA—Black Health Magazine, a quarterly healthy living publication releases its Top 15 Most Influential African American Medical Educators in its 6th Annual Commemorative Black History Month issue. The commemorative issue goes on sale nationwide beginning February 6, 2014.

“It’s amazing how so few African Americans Medical Educators occupy senior management or executive level positions at many of these institutions of higher learning. As we conducted our research, It felt like our backs were against the wall and we kept striking out as we went from university to university trying to find these remarkable individuals” says Marcus Oaks, Publisher of Black Health Magazine.

“I am exceptionally proud of this year’s Black History Month Issue. The focus is on medical educators creating a legacy for future generations of African American doctors and health professionals: These 15 individuals have demonstrated through their body of work, education and lifetime achievements what it takes to make history and are carving cornerstones for our children and grandchildren, says Oaks.” George Washington Carver once said “since new developments are the products of a creative mind, we must therefore stimulate and encourage that type of mind in every way possible.”

One of the Magazine’s objectives in creating this issue is to expose other career opportunities to high school and college students that are aiming to become doctors or health professionals. Black Health believes this commemorative issue will serve as an empowerment tool to stimulate a student or recent graduate interest in medicine and/or healthcare.

“I started my career with the intent of always helping other people, my community and making their lives better. While it never crossed my mind that I would ever become a candidate for Black History, it is certainly a pleasure to know that your life’s work is recognized on some level, says Dr. Robert L. Johnson, Dean of the New Jersey Medical School, a unit of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey,” and one of this year’s honorees.

History doesn’t just evolve or think itself into existence, but is rather a process that involves a cumulative series of events coupled by hardships, failures, disappointments and ultimately triumphs. The 15 Top African American Medical Educators exemplify the celebration of Black History Month and this 6th Annual Commemorative issue. Through this issue our children and grandchildren will read about African American Medical Educators that were deans, professors and leaders of some of the most prestigious Medical Schools in the world such as Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Cornell and Stanford and others.

The complete 2014 Honoree list is enclosed below:

1. Dr. Ingrid Allard – Associate Dean for Community Outreach and Medical Education, Associate Professor of Medical Education and Pediatrics, Albany Medical College
2. Dr. Sheryl Allen – Associate Dean and Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics Indiana University School of Medicine
3. Dr. Carol Brown – Associate Attending Surgeon, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Associate Professor OB-GYN, Cornell University Weill Medical College
4. Dr. Gary Butts - Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for the Mount Sinai Health System and Senior Associate Dean for Diversity Programs, Policy and Community Affairs for the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
5. Dr. Andre Churchwell – Professor of Medicine (Cardiology), Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and Associate Dean for Diversity, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
6. Dr. Carol Storey-Johnson – Senior Associate Dean of Education, Weill Cornell Medical College
7. Dr. Mark Johnson – Dean of the College of Medicine, Howard University School of Medicine
8. Dr. Robert Johnson – Dean of New Jersey Medical School, a unit of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
9. Dr. Byron Joyner – Professor of Urology and Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education, University of Washington School of Medicine
10. Dr. Alma Littles – Chief Academic Officer, Florida State University College of Medicine
11. Dr. Albert Reece – Vice President of Medical Affairs and Dean of Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine
12. Dr. Joan Reede – Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership and Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
13. Dr. Anne Taylor – Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
14. Dr. Hannah Valantine – Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and the Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Leadership, Stanford School of Medicine
15. Dr. Clyde Yancy – Magerstadt Professor of Medicine, Professor of Medical Social Sciences, and Chief of Cardiology, Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Associate Director of Clinical Programs, Northwestern Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute

For more information or interviews with Publisher or any honoree, please contact Marcus Oaks at 404-358-0712 or or Tamika Swain at 404-358-0712 or