Opening Night, February 16, 2017 – “Salute to African Americans in Medicine”
Supporting the theme of this year’s annual multi-city tour, The Power of Creative Arts in Health & Healing, HFAS will recognize the contributions of African Americans in Medicine selected from various medical institutions within the Tristate area of NY, NJ, CT, in a celebration of “African Americans in Medicine”. The following list identifies some of the participating institutions.
Camille A. Clare, MD, MPH, CPE, FACOG is Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at New York Medical College. She is a board certified obstetrician and gynecologist, and attending physician at Metropolitan Hospital in Manhattan, New York. She received her medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York, and completed obstetrics and gynecology residency at the State University of New York at Buffalo. She obtained a Masters of Public Health in Health Policy and Management at New York Medical College. Dr. Clare is the Director of Resident Research in her department, and the Interim Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion at New York Medical College. She has received numerous teaching awards for excellence in medical student teaching from the New York Medical College Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. At Metropolitan Hospital, Dr. Clare serves on the Breastfeeding and Bereavement Committees, and Committee of Diversity and Inclusion. She is dedicated to the patients that she serves as an outstanding clinician, clinical researcher and educator.
Dr. Clare is an active member of the National Medical Association (NMA) Obstetrics and Gynecology section, serving on its Breastfeeding Alliance Taskforce. Dr. Clare is president of the Manhattan Central Medical Society, a local affiliate of NMA. She has served as Health Policy chair for the NMA NY state society, known as the Empire State Medical Association. Dr. Clare is the immediate past chair of the Council of Concerns of Women Physicians of the NMA. She has also previously served on the NMA House of Delegates Committee on Credentials and Rules and Order of Business, as scientific program co- chair of Region 1 NMA meetings, and as NMA Region 1 Secretary-Treasurer. In 2012, Dr. Clare received a Region 1 service award for outstanding service. She is currently NMA Region 1 Chair. Dr. Clare is Chair of the NMA Board of Trustees (BOT) Membership Committee and Co-Chair of the BOT Health Policy Committee. In 2016, Dr. Clare received the National Scroll of Merit Award, which is the highest award for service that the NMA bestows. The National Medical Association is the largest and oldest organization of African American physicians in the United States, committed to addressing health care disparities and achieving health equity for patients primarily of African descent.
Edwin D. Williams, MD, an internist, was promoted to Division Chief of Hospital Medicine in January 2017. He was previously Associate Director, Department of Medicine (hospital), NYC Health + Hospitals/Carter, and has more than 30 years of medical experience in Great Britain, Jamaica and the United States.
After completing high school, he attended medical school at the world-renowned University of St. Andrews in Scotland, graduating in 1969, and interned at Scotland’s Stracathro Hospital Fife and Dundee Royal Infirmary.
In 1970, Dr. Williams joined St. Ann’s Bay Government Hospital in Jamaica, WI as a medical officer, where he served through 1975. From 1975-1976, was a Medical Officer at the Government Hospital in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Dr. Williams returned to the UK from 1976-78, and had clinical attachments to Bristol Royal Infirmary, the Cardiothoracic Institute in London, and the Pfizer Foundation at Scotland’s Edinburgh University. Following his time in England and Scotland, Dr. Williams again returned to Jamaica, serving as a Medical Officer at Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay from 1978-84.
In 1984, Dr. Williams moved to New York for a Post Graduate Residency in Internal Medicine at Cabrini Medical Center, graduating in 1987. His long career with NYC Health + Hospitals began in 1987, when he joined Goldwater Memorial Hospital on Roosevelt Island as part of the House Staff in the Department of Medicine. In 2000, Dr. Williams became Associate Director, Department of Medicine (hospital) for Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital and Nursing Facility, and remained in that position when NYC Health + Hospitals/Carter opened on November 24, 2013 in the Harlem Community.
Dr. Williams was honored by NYC Health + Hospitals on April 12, 2012, receiving their Doctor’s Day award. He has served in a leadership capacity on many committees such as the Clinical Records Committee, Medical Executive Committee, Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee, and as Preceptor –Physical Diagnosis at Weil Medical College.
In his free time, Dr. Williams, who, prior to discovering his love for medicine, was originally on a career path in engineering, enjoys cameras and photography—developing his own photos, exploring Photoshop and investigating new technology. He even assembles his own desktop computers, with the latest components available, which he generously gives to friends and family.
Gary C. Butts, MD is Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for the Mount Sinai Health System and Dean for Diversity Programs, Policy and Community Affairs for the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. In these roles he is responsible for oversight, management and integration of all aspects of diversity programs and policies for the Mount Sinai Health System to ensure diversity and inclusion as an integral core institutional value and resource across the health system, including the medical and graduate schools, graduate medical education and the Mount Sinai Health System hospitals.
Dr. Butts holds joint appointments as Professor with tenure in the Departments of Pediatrics, Medical Education, and Preventive Medicine and has been an integral member of the senior leadership team at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai since 1998. He has spent over 3 decades providing healthcare services to East and Central Harlem residents and almost 2 decades developing and spearheading efforts to improve and sustain racial, ethnic and gender diversity across all levels of education, training, and faculty for the School of Medicine. Since 2004, he has directed the Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs and has directed the Mount Sinai Health System (MSHS) Office for Diversity and Inclusion since 2014. Under his leadership, MSHS has been recognized by Diversity Inc Top Hospitals and Health Systems (2014, 2015), Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (2014, 2015) and as a LGBT Healthcare Equality Leader (2014, 2015, 2016).
Dr. Butts has been acknowledged for his local and national leadership and service by a number of organizations including the Network Journal Top Black Doctors in New York Metro Area recognition, the National Association of Minority Medical Educators, the National Medical Association, the National Hispanic Health Foundation, Our Town Thanks You, City and State Reports, National Medical Fellowships, and in 2015 was awarded the Jacobi Medallion, one of the highest honors that Mount Sinai bestows. In 2016, he was elected to the AOA Medical Honors Society.
Dr. Butts is a native New Yorker, reared in East New York Brooklyn and completed his premedical studies at Columbia College before attending Cornell Medical College. He completed his clinical training in pediatrics at Mount Sinai. His career pathway has involved many facets of academic medicine, public health, and workforce diversity. As a Deputy Commissioner for the NYC Department of Health, between 1993 and 1998, he directed citywide maternal and child health services for planning, clinical services and program development, evaluation, health policy and national public health research for the largest local health department in the US.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Dr. Lynne Holden completed her undergraduate studies at Howard University and medical education at the Temple University School of Medicine. Dr. Holden is a board-certified Emergency Medicine physician who has practiced Emergency Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, NY for twenty one years. She is an Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. For twenty years, Dr. Holden has worked with the Jacobi-Montefiore Emergency Medicine Residency Program-the largest in the country. She also served as a Chairperson of the Admissions Committee at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine for (ten years) and as a student on the Temple University Medical School Admissions Committee (two years).
Dr. Holden is a Deaconess at The Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and currently serves as the Secretary of the Empire State Medical Association of the National Medical Association. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the National Library of Medicine. She is married to Mr. Andrew Morrison, and they have a nineteen year old daughter who is studying Psychology/Biology with a minor in Opera at Carnegie Mellon University.
In March 2006, Dr. Holden co-founded the national nonprofit Mentoring in Medicine, Inc. ® (MIM). The mission of MIM is to increase the diversity of the science and healthcare workforce by providing academic enrichment, leadership development, civic engagement and mentoring to socio-economically disadvantaged students interested in pursuing a biomedical career. MIM has created interventions for students from third grade through graduate school. Headquartered in New York City, MIM hosts hip-hop health plays, after-school programs, in-class electives, virtual science camps, medical school preparatory programs and conferences that have served over 50,000 students and recruited nearly 1,000 health and science professionals nationally.
Dr. Holden is an international speaker and has published three peer-reviewed articles and two book chapters on innovative methods to increase diversity in biomedical careers. Dr. Holden has received the following awards (selected): 2007 Maybelline NY-Essence Empowerment through Education Award, 2009 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leader, a 2010 Washington Post Root 100 Leader, a 2010 Lifetime TV Remarkable Women, February 2011 feature on CNN-Sanjay Gupta’s Human Factor, the 2014 Network Journal 25 Influential Black Business Women in Business Award and the 2016 American Medical Association Inspirational Physicians Award. For more information, please visit www.medicalmentor.org or contact Dr. Holden at Holden@medicalmentor.org
Lisa A. Ross, MD, MBA is a native of Los Angeles and the Director of the Department of Anesthesiology at NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem. She earned her B.A. from Harvard University where she was a charter member of the Xi Tau Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. She completed her medical education at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, trained as an anesthesia resident at Presbyterian Hospital in New York City and is an Associate Clinical Professor of Anesthesia at Columbia University Medical Center. She has published several anesthesia related articles and presented at many academic meetings. In 2013 she earned her executive MBA from the Fordham University Graduate School of Business.
She is also an active member of the Muriel Petioni Women Chiefs’ Council of Harlem Hospital and an organizer of their annual “Go Red for Women” event that focuses on women’s health. In 2014 she was awarded the Dr. Muriel Petioni Distinguished Healer Award by the Friends of Harlem Hospital.
As treasurer of the Metro Manhattan (NY) Links chapter, she has participated in programs focusing on Services to Youth, National Trends and Health and Human Services. A legacy member of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. she remains involved as an associate member of the Greater Metropolitan Chapter in New York City. Dr. Ross also serves as secretary on the board of trustees for the Urban Resource Institute (URI) where she helped lead the creation of the URI People and Animals Living Safely initiative (URI PALS). The first of its kind in New York City, this program helps 100s of victims of domestic violence rebuild their lives towards normalcy by maintaining their pet relationships.
Her philanthropic work extends internationally with an annual trip to Milot, Haiti where she provides anesthesia services for patients in labor and those undergoing gynecological surgery. This she has been doing since 1999.
Dr. Michael Parks is an Associate Attending Orthopedic Surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) and Associate Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery at Weill Cornell College of Medicine in New York. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Duke University and a medical degree from The Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, where he received the President’s Clinical Science Award. Dr. Parks completed an internship in general and thoracic surgery followed by an orthopaedic residency at Duke University Medical Center. He continued his fellowship training on the Hip and Knee Service at HSS where he continues to practice today. Dr. Parks specializes in the surgical treatment of adults with arthritis requiring reconstructive procedures of the hip and knee. He is actively involved in clinical research and is the author of multiple publications. His research focus is on joint replacement surgery, biomechanical implant retrievals and on the impact of race, ethnicity and gender on the care of arthritis patients.
Dr. Parks has been recognized for his expertise in numerous publications throughout his career, receiving top doctor rankings in Black Enterprise magazine and Money magazine. He has also been recognized in such publications as The Network Journal; The New York Times magazine; and Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors: New York Metro. Additionally, Dr. Parks has appeared on NBC’s Today Show where he discussed treatment alternatives for knee arthritis in baby boomers; provided commentary on racial disparities in health to Modern Healthcare; and was featured in a U.S.News & World Report article about obesity and joint replacement.
Currently Dr. Parks is the Clinical Director of Orthopedic Surgery and a member of the Board of Trustees at HSS; President-Elect of the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation and on the steering committee of the Movement is Life Caucus, a multi-stakeholder group devoted to decreasing musculoskeletal healthcare disparities. In the past, he has served as President of the New York State Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons a member of The Board of Directors of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery and The American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons. Dr. Parks is a life member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
Dr. Rawle Philbert is the Chairman of the Department of Dentistry/Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS) at Lincoln Medical Center and the Director of Dental Services at the two satellite clinics of Morrisania and Belvis Diagnostic and Treatment Centers. He is also the Program Director of the four-year Lincoln Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery residency training program.
Rawle graduated from Howard University College of Dentistry and completed the post-graduate Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Training Program at Harlem Hospital Center. After graduation, he completed attending assignments at Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center (now Montefiore North), St. Barnabas Hospital, Harlem Hospital Center, North General Hospital and private practice before joining the staff at Lincoln Medical Center as a full-time attending. He is also a member of numerous professional organizations and holds academic appointments at Weill Cornell Medical Center and Columbia University College of Dental Medicine.
Dr. Philbert is involved in a wide range of leadership responsibilities on a local and national level. He was elected to serve as the President of the New York Chapter of the American College of Dentist; appointed to a three-year term as a member of the Governmental Affairs Committee of American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons and was appointed as a Surveyor to review and determine the compliance and accreditation status of OMS Residency Training Programs. In 2013, Dr. Philbert was nominated to be a certifying Examiner by the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. In addition, He has just completed a three two-year terms as President of the Medical/Dental Staff at Lincoln Medical Center. Finally, in June 2015, Dr. Philbert was elected as a Secretary/Treasurer to the Board of Directors of the New York Dental Associates-PAGNY.
During his professional leadership experience as the departmental Chairman and Program Director, Dr. Philbert has publish widely in peer review journals and has received numerous recognition awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award from Lincoln Medical Center Auxiliary, Attending of the Year from Residents and Staff and The Doctor of the Year Award from the New York City Health and Hospital, just to name a few.
For the past 12 months, Dr. Philbert has led the Lincoln Dental team through a full-scale transformational process that is specifically designed to increase access to and comprehensive health care opportunities for patients in the Downtown Bronx community. The process has involved team collaboration, staff education, monitoring appointment schedule and emphasis on improving patient overall experience. These processes have resulted in a significant increase in patient volume and patient satisfaction.
Dr. Wendy Wilcox is a board-certified Obstetrician Gynecologist and the Chairperson of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology for NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County; a position she has held since June 2015. She is also an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology for Downstate Medical Center. Prior to returning to Brooklyn, her birthplace and place where she did her residency, she practiced Ob-Gyn and Women’s Health in the Bronx, NY. She worked at Montefiore Medical Center from 1998-2008, after which she became the Vice Chairperson of the Ob-Gyn department for Jacobi Medical Center and North Central Bronx Hospitals. Throughout her career, she has practiced medicine in Ob-Gyn and Women’s health with a focus on achieving health equity and eliminating disparities in her patients.
Dr. Wilcox attended Brown University for undergraduate school and achieved a BA in Biomedical Ethics. She attended SUNY Upstate Medical Center for medical school and was a resident and Chief resident in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Wilcox became medical director of her Ob-Gyn group at Montefiore and became interested in the process of healthcare delivery and how that was impacting her patients. Because of this interest, she enrolled in the Mailman School of Public Health Executive MPH program at Columbia University, from which she graduated in 2005. This began her career in Healthcare Policy and Management. She became very involved in quality improvement, patient safety, regulatory and risk management and process improvement activities for the departments in which she worked. Her expertise was also sought by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene where she works in the Bureau of Maternal, Infant and Reproductive Health on projects pertaining to maternal morbidity and mortality, family planning, breastfeeding and other areas pertaining to Women’s health.
In her private life, Dr. Wilcox is the proud mother of two teenagers, Justin and Hayley. She is the president of the Bergen-Passaic Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. and believes very strongly in community service and paying it forward. She is currently pursuing her Master in Business Administration from Wagner College in Staten Island, NY. She is active in her church and has recently become a Trustee for the St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH. Dr. Wilcox is committed to making healthcare safer and to achieving equity in health for all women.