National Medical Association Honors Black Academics

The National Medical Association, a professional group of minority physicians, honored several members with ties to the academic world at its annual convention in Atlanta. The awardees were commended for outstanding achievement in efforts to eliminate racial disparities in health. Among the honorees were:

David Satcher, former surgeon general of the United States and director of the Center for Excellence on Health Disparities at the Morehouse School of Medicine;

Robert J. Smith, associate professor at Meharry Medical College;

Henry W. Foster Jr., clinical professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University;

Rebat M. Halder, chair of the department of dermatology at the Howard University College of Medicine;

Olufijnmilayo Olopade, founding director of the Center for Clinical Genetics at the University of Chicago; and

Michael R. DeBaun, professor of pediatrics, biostatics, and neurology at the medical school of Washington University in St. Louis.