BlackDoctor.org (BDO), the leading online health & wellness destination for Black consumers, announces the highly anticipated list of distinguished honorees for the 8th Annual Top Blacks in Healthcare Awards Gala and Thought Leadership Event. This is the return of BDO’s signature event after a brief hiatus during the pandemic.
The celebration of Black excellence will be held on Thursday, April 20, 2023 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington, DC (1150 22nd St. NW). The historic day begins with the Thought Leadership Summit from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET and will culminate with the Top Blacks in Health Awards Gala from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m ET.
The Awards Gala, hosted by radio and television legend Donnie Simpson, will honor 14 individuals who have made outstanding contributions to healthcare. The award is recognizing their leadership through the intersection of healthcare advancement and disease prevention. Their vision, superior performance, and commitment to health equity are paramount to moving our community forward.
“These individuals have reached a very high level in their careers and BlackDoctor.org is honored to celebrate their success. Role models are important in the Black community and BDO is pleased to be able to shine a bright spotlight on their journey,” said Reggie Ware, CEO of BlackDoctor.org.
The 2023 Top Blacks in Healthcare award recipients include:
- Reshema Kemps-Polanco, Executive Vice President and US Head – Novartis Oncology
- Reed Tuckson MD, FACP, Co-Founder – Black Coalition Against COVID
- Rodney Cotton, Senior Vice President – Roche Diagnostics Corporation
- Erica Taylor PhD, Vice President. Chief Marketing Officer – Genentech
- Sam Conaway, President U.S. Sales Cardiology Group – Boston Scientific
- Andrew Otoo PharmD, President, Global Vaccines – Merck & Company
- Will Station, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer – McKesson Medical Surgical
- Veronica Jones, Chief Procurement Officer – Gilead Sciences
- Torod Neptune, Senior Vice President, Chief Communications Officer – Medtronic
- Sheri Humphrey, US Oncology Marketing Leader – Merck & Company
- Monique Adams, Executive Director, Global Head, D&I in Clinical Trials – Sanofi
- Ponda Motsepe-Ditshego MD, V.P. and Therapeutic Area Head Global Medical, General Medicine – Amgen
- Dr. Christina Harris, Chief Health Equity Officer – Cedars-Sinai
- Anthony P. Mack, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer – Virpax Pharmaceuticals
Award recipients will also be featured on the BlackDoctor.org website, BDO’s social media platforms, and other related media. Currently, BlackDoctor.org has a total monthly audience reach of more than 20 million.
Executive Editor, Jade Curtis, sums it up perfectly by stating, “Celebrating our honorees and sharing their incredible accomplishments will inspire our audience to keep pushing toward their own personal greatness”.
The Thought Leadership Summit consists of several panels of healthcare leaders discussing topics to make health equity a reality. The panels will be live-streamed to BDO’s 20 million FB audience.