2020 HFAS Art Tour — New York City
FEBRUARY 13-16, 2020
Thursday • February 13th
Youth Empowerment Day 9 am – 1 pm (Closed to the Public)
Opening Night 5-10 pm
HFAS Exhibition & Sale
Salute to AFRICAN AMERICANS IN TECHNOLOGY & DESIGN — 5-10 pm
Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony
HFAS Presents a Lifetime Achievement Award to Voza Rivers, Harlem Arts Alliance Chairman
Hosted by Greater Bronx (NY) Links, Incorporated
Friday • February 14th/ 12 pm – 10 pm
HFAS Exhibition & Sale
HFAS Fashion Show — 6-10 pm
Designs of Hope Wade and Designs of Moshood Creations
Salute to AFRICAN AMERICANS IN EDUCATION 5 – 10 pm
Co-Hosted By Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated Alumnae Chapter and the New York Club NANBPWC, Inc.
Saturday • February 15th/ 10 am – 10 pm
HFAS Exhibition & Sale 10 am – 10 pm
A Salute to African Americans in Medicine 5 pm – 10 pm
Hosted by Association of Black Cardiologists
HFAS Presents The New York 2020 Literary Pavilion – 5 pm – 10 pm
Hosted by Harlem Writers Guild
Sunday • February 16th/ 1-7PM
HFAS Exhibition & Sale 1 – 7PM
Salute to Toni Morrison
Hosted by Harlem Writers Guild
African Americans in Education
Supporting the theme of this year’s annual multi-city tour, HFAS recognizes the contributions of African Americans in Education selected regionally from across the Education industry in a celebration of “African Americans in Education.”
The Historic Riverside Church, New York City
Dr. Rudy Crew
Rudy Crew is president of Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, New York. A lifelong educator and author, Dr. Crew’s career has spanned from the classroom to the chancellorship of the nation’s largest school district, New York City Public Schools. Dr. Crew is a renowned leader and reformer who has made it a mission to improve student achievement, especially for poor and minority students.
The Chancellor’s District, The Parent Academy, School Improvement Zone, and Pipeline Initiative are among Dr. Crew’s innovations that are considered national models for reform. These successful strategies have engaged parents, business and political leaders, and communities, ensuring students achieve higher levels of success and are prepared for the global challenges ahead.
Dr. Crew has implemented a strategic plan at Medgar Evers College (MEC) to improve retention and increase graduation rates, resulting in a stronger academic and administrative infrastructure for ensuring student success and strengthening institutional effectiveness with a two-year high in securing $26 million in external grants.
More than 4,300 students have participated in MEC Pipeline Initiative programs through the 2016–17 school year. The Pipeline works with a myriad of early college initiatives, the most notable of which is the Early College Dual Credit/Pipeline Pathways, where high school students in central Brooklyn are offered the opportunity to take college level courses in their respective high schools, taught by their high school teachers. MEC faculty collaborates with the teachers to align course content and assessments to ensure students receive courses comparable to CUNY academic standards. Principals and superintendents are also provided professional development that is unique to the Pipeline program and implementation. Additionally, parent academy programs guide parents and guardians through seminars and other experiences to boost their children’s college readiness.
Dr. Crew has served on numerous boards, including the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Communities in Schools, Al Shanker Institute, and the Public Education Network. He is the recipient of many awards, including the NAACP Educational Leadership Award, the Arthur Ashe Leadership Award, and the AASA National Superintendent of the Year.
Dr. Crew’s acclaimed book, Only Connect: The Way to Save Our Schools, continues to guide a vital public discussion.
Dr. Lisa Coleman
Dr. Lisa M. Coleman is New York University’s (NYU) inaugural Senior VP for Global Inclusion and Strategic Innovation, and Chief Diversity Officer.
Reporting to the President, Dr. Coleman works with the Office of the Provost, Deans, other senior leaders, internal stakeholders, external partners, and constituents to advance, promote and build capacity for strategic global inclusion, diversity, equity, belonging and innovation initiatives across NYU globally. Prior to NYU, Dr. Coleman served as the first Special Assistant to the President at Harvard University and Chief Diversity Officer. During her tenure, she and her team developed some of the first initiatives focused on the intersections of technology and disability. Prior to NYU and Harvard, she directed the Africana program at Tufts University, and was later appointed to serve as that institution’s first senior GID executive reporting to the President.
Dr. Coleman earned her doctorate in Social and Cultural Analysis, American Studies from NYU and three master’s degrees from the Ohio State University
in African and African American Studies; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; and Communication Studies. Her undergraduate foci included sociology/anthropology and computer science.
Berenecea Johnson Eanes, Ph.D
On September 1, 2019, Dr. Berenecea J. Eanes assumed the interim presidency of York College, a member institution of the City University of New York. is appointment marks Dr. Eanes’ return to CUNY, having served for six years as Vice President for Student A airs at John Jay College (2006-20012). President Eanes immediately began assessing the needs of the college and devising a strategy to grow the college as “One York,” where everyone feels valued for their contribution to the academic enterprise. To this end, the president embarked upon a “listening tour” of the college community as well as meetings with external stake-holders whose support York has always depended upon to survive and thrive. She is also committed to the important process of updating the college’s Strategic Plan establishing three main pillars to support “Undergraduates who rive and Graduate;” “Inclusive Signature Programs;” and a “Vibrant Community and Campus Spirit,” as a hallmark of her tenure.
Immediately prior to her York College appointment, Dr. Eanes served for seven years as Vice President for Student A airs at California State University Fullerton (Cal State Fullerton), a 40,000-student body, where she delivered leadership and oversight for university and student success programs under the guiding principles of ensuring that everyone working at the university has a role in student success. Her plan included broad-based faculty, sta and student input, sustained academic rigor and integrity; a meaningful rst-year experience and other success-driven programs and initiatives. She led institutional e orts to deliver vision and oversight to all student services departments, including Admissions, Career Services, Dean of Students, Disabled Support Services, Diversity Education Initiatives, Financial Aid, Housing and Residence Life, Division 1 Intercollegiate Athletics, Outreach, Recruitment & Orientation, Student Health and Counselling Center, Title IX and much more. Additionally, she provided vision and oversight of $182 million in new campus construction and renovation projects impacting the student life experience; and added numerous sta positions across the administration in support of student success.
At Fullerton, Dr. Eanes also co-led the work of the university-wide task forces charged with the operation of the university’s 2013-2018 Strategic Plan, which coincidentally, York College is currently undergoing. In addition to her extensive leadership experiences, Eanes is a noteworthy scholar widely published in her eld of Social Work and earned more than $8 million in grants for her research to support student success initiatives. She has taught and/or been an administrator at various other institutions including Columbia University, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Morehouse College, Georgia State University, Clark Atlanta University, Hamilton College and Teach for Africa, Ethiopia.
Dr. Eanes earned her succession of degrees from Dillard University in New Orleans, where she majored in Public Health; Boston University, where she earned the MSW; and the Doctor of Social Work (PhD) from Clark Atlanta University, where her dissertation, An Analysis of Attitudes towards Marriage among African-American Male College Students: A Test of Four Perspectives, was well-received. She has made numerous scholarly presentations and given keynote addresses at a cross-section of events and occasions. e higher education trailblazer now looks forward to establishing a record of success at York College. Her plans are to build on the legacy and Mission Statement of “enabling students to grow as passionate, engaged learners with the con dence to realize their intellectual and human potential as individuals and global citizens.” To learn more about Dr. Eanes’ career, her full CV can be accessed on the York College website at https:// www.york.cuny.edu/president/biography-eanes
Away from her professional life, President Eanes is a wife and the mother of two delightful school-aged children. She lives with her family locally. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha and has been an active member or supporter of more than a dozen organizations including Jack and Jill of Orange County and Millennium Momentum Foundation, Inc.
Erogers Hykes, Ed.D.
All Children can learn, and all children want to learn because they all want to be successful. My great passion is inspiring students, parents, and community members to be their best self. I motivate students to do their best on every task, to achieve their goals, to never give up, and to realize the genius that is within them. After being a Principal in a Private School System for seven (7) year, currently serving on the Northeastern Academy School Board, Executive Board member of ABENY INC., and presently, working for New York City Public School System, for nineteen (19) years, I have experienced that the most effective impact occurs, when knowledge is combined with caring, compassion and love. Yes, mindsets are changed, and lives are transformed. My educational background includes a Specialist and Doctoral Degree in Educational Administration and Leadership from Loma Linda University in California. I have a Master of Arts in Reading Education from Andrews University in Michigan and a B.S. in Education from Oakwood University in Alabama.
Dr. Marcia V. Keizs
Dr. Marcia V. Keizs became the sixth and the second longest serving president of York College in Jamaica, Queens on February 14, 2005 until her retirement on August 31, 2019. York, a senior college of the City University of New York (CUNY) established in 1966, enrolls more than 8,400 students in the liberal arts, career and professional programs on its modern 50-acre downtown Jamaica campus.
Dr. Keizs’ leadership of York College was the latest chapter in a distinguished career that spans five CUNY colleges and in the central offices. She started her CUNY career as an English professor more than 40 years ago before transitioning to administration. Prior to her appointment as president of York College, she was the vice president of Academic Affairs at Bronx Community College/CUNY for seven years. Her scholarship includes published articles in her area of specialty, African American Literature.
During President Keizs’ tenure, York College broadened and strengthened its academic programs by gaining national accreditations and creating new undergraduate academic offerings in Aviation Management, Pharmaceutical Science, Journalism, Generic Nursing, Logistics and Supply Chain, and Health Sciences. Graduate programs at the Masters level also have been expanded to include: Pharmaceutical Science and Business, Physician Assistant Studies, and Social Work. Dr. Keizs alsobolstered the college’s partnership with the FDA outpost on its campus and has been credited with placing York firmly on the path of excellence. Under her leadership, York College increased its total enrollment by 23 percent, and in the past decade, first-year student enrollment grew by sixty-one percent. Dr. Keizs also led the completion of multiple facilities renovation projects that have enhanced the campus environment including building a robust technology infrastructure.
A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Dr. Keizs is a graduate of the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada (B.A.), and Teachers College, Columbia University (M.A. and Ed.D). She holds a certificate in Educational Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has served on a number of not-for- profit boards, and has been an engaged member of the communities in which she has lived in the Bronx and Westchester county.
Dr. Reginald Landeau
Leadership is one thing. Inspiring, instructional leadership is another. For over 29 years, Principal Landeau has served students in New York City’s public schools in several capacities ranging from teacher assistant to his current position as Master Principal at George J. Ryan Middle School 216. With strong commitments to communication and collaboration and an unending well of instructional experience, Principal Landeau believed in the power of hard work that would make a difference for students. When Principal Landeau joined Ryan in 2004, the school was one of New York City’s lowest performing schools. He quickly transformed the school into one of the top middle schools in the city, and eventually to one of the top three percent in the entire state.
Principal Landeau believed that Ryan had to strive toward a vision of being the best middle school in the country. Taking cues from a background in organized basketball as a point guard, he recognized that multiple players are required to win the game. He invited school community stakeholders to create a shared vision for the school. He created a Sustainable Growth Team consisting of teachers, assistant principals, and parents. The team focused on instructional and community growth with the goal of creating a school community that fosters creativity, innovation, and continuous learning by all stakeholders, including teachers, parents, administrators, and students.
Striving toward the school’s vision, Principal Landeau imparted the idea that sustainable effort was key to the school’s improvement. Everyone in the school community began to accept the mantra of “we work hard.” He empowered teachers to take responsibility for innovation and creativity with the caveat that they remain accountable to the school and students. Soon, teacher committees developed to improve instructional practice and foster peer sharing. The teachers had professional creative freedom to brainstorm ideas and share them with the administrative team. This incrementally created an environment that included professional book clubs and professional development that was co-facilitated by staff. The school held retreats where each member of the school community felt cohesion between administration and teaching staff. And the benefactors were the students.
Middle school students are developmentally unique. Striking a balance between rigorous academic focus and strong social-emotional support is often challenging. Under Principal Landeau’s leadership, Ryan School’s model is grounded in a keen understanding of adolescent development. He created a small school structure in one of the largest middle schools by instituting three distinct thematic academies. Students were matched based on their interests and teacher recommendations. Middle school students are compelled to test things out and find their own way. Teachers encourage Ryan students to collaborate, explore, and test ideas with peers through instructional approaches and with support from teachers.
Principal Landeau attended to the “ambience” of the school by focusing on the physical environment, ensuring all students felt a sense of pride and belonging. For students who needed extra support, he set up a network of boys and girls empowerment clubs and social-emotional supports. He also focused on creating multiple and frequent communication strategies with families. These included: weekly phone messages, newsletters, monthly parent workshops, coffee with the Principal sessions, and frequent town hall meetings for parents. With numerous prestigious awards and accolades to his name, Principal Landeau established a clear vision and inspired a whole school community to work hard toward that end.
Melanie Holder Samuel
Melanie was born in Georgetown Guyana, South America, where she completed the initial part of her formal education. She attended Ann’s Grove Methodist School before moving on to St. Gabriel’s Primary where she took the “Common Entrance” examination and went on to attend Bishop’s High School, one of the top institutions of learning in the country.
At the age of 16, Melanie was accepted into the Natural Sciences faculty of the University of Guyana where she pursued a degree in Chemistry with as minor concentration in Biology. Melanie began to teach Chemistry to high school students and continued part time even after her mandated stint was over because of the need of science educators at that time. She continued to teach at the high school level until she graduated from the University of Guyana.
In 1992, Melanie left her homeland to pursue a better opportunity in the United States of America. In America she became an elementary school teacher at PS 257K and is currently a Universal Literacy Reading Coach at PS 123K where she supports teachers from Kindergarten to second grade as well as parents. In addition, Melanie has taught English as a Second Language and currently teaches adults through the Office of Adult and Continuing Education to help them obtain their High School Equivalency diploma. She had developed a passion for this profession especially since both of her parents were educators. She continued to develop professionally by pursuing a master’s degree in Elementary Science and Environmental Education through Brooklyn College CUNY. She graduated with honors from this program in 1996 and earned a place on the National Dean’s List, American Academy of Distinguished Students, and Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges.
Melanie also volunteers her services to her church where she sings in the family Mass choir, is member of the church vestry, and is the president of the Guyana Team. She is also a member of the organizing committee that honors graduating students within the church community as well. She also volunteers her services on the Education Committee of the ABENY organization
Melanie continues to grow professionally by reading professional journals, placing herself in environments that are academically stimulating, and attending as well as facilitating workshops that would help her become a better educator. She completed a second dual master’s degree in School Leadership and Supervision and now holds a School Building Leadership as well as a School District Leadership license. She is currently an eligible candidate in the Principal’s Candidate Pool. Her ultimate goal is to become an instructional leader of an institution where her professional skills, knowledge and expertise can impact and add value to the lives of those that come in contact with her.
The Reverend LaKeesha Walrond, Ph.D.
Educator, visionary leader, sought after speaker, and consummate change agent, Dr. LaKeesha Walrond is a force faithfully encouraging those she encounters to embody their infinite possibilities. Recently appointed as the first woman and first African American woman President of New York Theological Seminary, she is committed to preparing faith and thought leaders to engage relevant, restorative, and revolutionary ministry.
A native Texan, Dr. Walrond earned her undergraduate degree from Spelman College in Atlanta, Ga., a Master of Arts in Teaching, Master in School Administration, and Doctor of Philosophy in Special Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York, NY. Dr. Walrond has a passion for children and education. She worked in the public school system in North Carolina for eleven years as a teacher, a coordinator for special education programs, an assistant principal, and as a principal.
Dr. Walrond is a dynamic speaker who has addressed a number of national and international
audiences. She has received numerous recognitions including honors by the New York Liberty WNBA Basketball Association, the National Action Network, the MC Donald’s GospelFest, NCNW, NAACP, her alma mater, Spelman College and Union Theological Seminary. She also had the honor of serving on the board of trustees at Union Theological Seminary for three years.
Dr. Walrond answered her call to the ministry in December of 1995 and has fully embraced the
calling that God has placed on her life. She began her journey in ministry serving as an Associate
Minister at Zion Temple United Church of Christ in North Carolina for six years. She served as the Executive Pastor and Chief of Staff of First Corinthian Baptist Church (FCBC) in Harlem, NY for thirteen years. As Chief of Staff, she used educational and organizational strategies to maximize FCBC’s capacity and influence in the community and abroad. As Executive Pastor, she implemented strategies to create a culture of learning which evolved into a community of learners.
In an effort to authentically reach the hearts of women, Dr. Walrond launched the Getting to
Greatness Women’s Conference (G2G) in 2013. G2G holds conferences, retreats, workshops, and panel discussions promoting women’s empowerment, leadership development, spiritual wellness, mental health and psychological wholeness. Reaching thousands of women nationwide, the G2G conferences have been held in New York, Florida, South Carolina, Canada, the Bahamas, Arizona and Washington, DC. She is the author of two books. My Body is Special (2017) is the first of her six-part “Let’s Talk About It” (LTAI) children’s book series. Written to help end sexual violence against children, this books provides parents, children, and child advocates with problem solving tools to prevent unhealthy touching. Her first e-book, Stronger Than Your Worst Pain: A Spiritual Guide to Activating Your Inner Power (2018), empowers women to recognize their passion, power and potential to overcome life’s most difficult challenges.
Dr. Walrond is happily married to The Reverend Michael A. Walrond Jr. and they are blessed to be the proud parents of two beautiful children: Michael III, and Jasmyn Dominique.
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 regionally from various medical institutions in a celebration of “African Americans in Medicine.”
The Historic Riverside Church, New York City
Marwah Abdalla, MD
Cardiologist, cardiac intensive care unit Physician, and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center
Dr. Abdalla is a cardiologist, cardiac intensive care unit physician, and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center. She is the Director of Education for the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit and is a full-time faculty member in the Center for Behavioral Cardiovascular Health at Columbia University. She is also a clinician-scientist and a National Institutes of Health funded investigator with research expertise in hypertension, sleep, and global health. She is committed to developing novel interventions that improve cardiovascular health especially for patients and their communities both locally and internationally.
Dr. Abdalla received her Medical Degree and Masters in Public Health from Yale School of Medicine and Yale School of Public Health. She was an Intern, Resident, and Chief Resident at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She completed her training as a cardiology Fellow and Chief Fellow at Columbia University Medical Center.
Ola Akinboboye MD, MPH, MBA, FACP FACC, FAHA, FASNC, FSCCT, FASH DABSM
Ola Akinboboye, MD, MPH, MBA, FACP, FACC, FAHA, FASNC, FSCCT, FASH, DABSM
Laurelton Heart Specialists
Dr. Akinboboye completed his medical education at the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan in 1984. He obtained a Master of Public Health Degree from the School of Public health at Columbia University in 1998. He also received a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Columbia University Business School in 2001.
He completed his cardiology fellowship at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in 1994 and served on teaching faculty at Columbia University as Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine from 1995 to 2000. He also served on the teaching faculty of Stony Brook University from 2000 to 2006 as Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine. He is currently a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at NYU.
He was the Director of Nuclear Cardiology at St Francis Heart Center in Roslyn, NY
He was also Director of Cardiac Imaging and Research at New York Hospital, Queens. NY
He is currently the Medical Director, at Laurelton Heart Specialist PC in Rosedale NY
He is also the Medical Director of Strong Health Medical PC. In Laurelton, Queens, NY.
He is board certified in Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology, Cardiac CT and Sleep medicine.
He currently serves as the Chairman of the Cardiovascular Board of the American Board of Internal Medicine.
He also served on the International Board of Governors of the American College of Cardiology (Liaison for Africa) and the Hypertension Leadership Council of The American Heart Association.
He was a member of the Board and Co-Chair of the examination drafting committee of the Certifying Board of Nuclear Cardiology from 2005-2011.
He is a Past-President of the National Association of Black Cardiologists, USA.
He is a Past-President of the Ibadan College of Medicine Alumni Association in The USA.
He was a Board member of the Association of Nigerian Physicians in North America.
Dr. Akinboboye is widely published in the fields of hypertension, congestive heart failure nuclear imaging, cardiac CT and cardiac MRI.
Dr. Ola Akinboboye has received numerous awards. He was selected by Castle Connolly as one of America’s Top Doctors in the New York Metro area from 2005 to 2016. He was recognized by New York Magazine as one of New York’s best heart doctors 2006-2008 and 2013-2016, and on the cover of the Network Journal 2/2008, as one of the Best Black Doctors in the New York tri-state area. He was also recognized by US News and World reports as one of the best cardiologists in the United States.
John M. Fontaine, MD, MBA, FACC, FHRS
Professor of Medicine, Director Arrhythmia Services, Drexel University College of Medicine
Dr. John M. Fontaine received his medical degree from the College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, in Piscataway, NJ also named Robert Wood Johnson medical school, and underwent cardiology fellowship training at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Dr. Fontaine is currently Professor of Medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine and Director of Cardiac Arrhythmia Services. He is also a recipient of an M.B.A. degree in Healthcare management from the Bennett S. Lebow School of Business and is a member of the distinguished international business honor society Beta Gamma Sigma via his Summa Cum Laude status. His clinical activities entail cardiac electrophysiology services including ablation for atrial fibrillation management, implantation of cardiac devices for bradyarrhythmia management and defibrillators, as well as device-based therapy for cardiac resynchronization in select heart failure patients. He has been involved in sudden cardiac death risk assessment utilizing modalities such as the signal-averaged ECG, T wave alternans testing, and heart rate turbulence. He has been a three-time member of the board of directors of the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC) and is a lifetime member of that organization. He served as President-Elect of the ABC in 2017 and is currently in his second year as President. He served on the Clinical Trials Review Committee at the National Institutes of Health and on the NIH study section: Electronic Signaling, Ion Transport and Arrhythmias. Dr. Fontaine was the cardiology fellowship program director for 11 years and teaches the highly demanded electrocardiogram elective to 4th year medical students since 2005. Dr. Fontaine is board certified in internal medicine, cardiology and clinical cardiac electrophysiology. He is a fellow of the Heart Rhythm Society and of American College of Cardiology as well as a member of the American Heart Association. Dr. Fontaine serves as a manuscript reviewer for several clinical journals and is involved with numerous organizations that focus on outcomes research and disparities in health care delivery. He recently published in the American Journal of Cardiology the first article to discover sinus bradycardia as a sequalae following bariatric surgery and a second article that identified sinus bradycardia as a manifestation of chronic habitual cocaine use. He has focused on cardiac resynchronization therapy and the underutilization of device-based therapy in minority populations. Dr. Fontaine has received top doctor recognition from several organizations including Stuart Connolly and is a recipient of a Teacher of the Year award during his tenure as Program Director of the Cardiology Fellowship training. He is currently leading the ABC’s Collaborative Value Base Care Initiative as an innovative model that addresses disparities in access and treatment outcomes in minority populations, particularly African Americans. This model represents seminal work in the disparity resolution realm and represent the comprehensive approach to the issue that so many professional medical societies have undertaken.
Kathie-Ann Joseph, MD, MPH, FACS
Kathie-Ann Joseph, MD, MPH, FACS
Associate Professor of Surgery and Population Health at NYU Langone Health, Chief of Breast Services at Bellevue Hospital, and Co-Director of the Beatrice W. Welters Breast Health Outreach and Navigation Program
Kathie-Ann Joseph, MD, MPH is Associate Professor of Surgery and Population Health at NYU Langone Health and Chief of Breast Services at Bellevue Hospital, and Co-Director of the Beatrice W. Welters Breast Health Outreach and Navigation Program. She is a graduate of Harvard College and received her medical degree and master’s in public health degree from Columbia University. She completed her general surgery residency training at NYU Medical Center and her breast surgical oncology fellowship at Columbia University.
Dr. Joseph sits on several local and national committees including leading the NRG Oncology Health Disparities Group Education/Training/Mentorship Working Group, American Society of Breast Surgeons and is Past-President of the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons Alumni Association and recently elected to the Society of University Surgeons. She is dedicated to improving the care of underserved women and eliminating health care disparities. She was recently named H+H/Bellevue Physician of the Year and is the recipient of the Susan G. Komen Greater NYC Gay Clark Stoddard Compassionate Care Award, the American Cancer Society Healthcare Leadership Award in 2012 and the American Cancer Society Eastern Division Leader in Cancer Care Award in 2016 and one of the top 10 Caribbean born female doctors in the US.
Donna Mendes MD, FACS
Vascular Surgeon at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai West
Donna Mendes MD, FACS has been a vascular surgeon at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai West since completing her fellowship at Englewood Hospital. She was the first Chief of vascular Surgery at St. Luke’s, was also chief of vascular surgery at North General Hospital. Mendes has had privileges at Lenox Hill Hospital and St. Vincent’s Hospital. Mendes’ interest in vascular surgery was kindled because she noticed that more African Americans, were losing their limbs than any other racial group. That sparked the desire to be a surgeon who could treat the problem but it also raised the question “why this was happening”. Research has since shown that being black is a risk factor for developing peripheral arterial disease. Mendes is the first African American woman board certified by the American Board of Surgery in Vascular Surgery and was inducted into the Library of Congress because of that distinction. She worked in Bermuda for three years and was part of a team that developed the Vascular Access Program for Bermuda. She has been a Top Doctor in Castle Connolly and New York Magazine nearly every year since starting her practice. She received her BA from Hofstra University and presently there is an acknowledgement of her on the unispan that joins the two sides of Hofstra, over riding the Hempstead Turnpike. In spite of these accomplishments, Mendes perceives being published by peer reviewed journals her greatest professional achievement, and she continues to forge ahead meeting that challenge by encouraging her interns and residents to develop substantive content from their work so that they can use it for research and for publishing.
Beth Oliver, DNP
Senior VP of Cardiac Services for the Health System at Mount Sinai Heart
Dr. Beth Oliver held leadership positions at Lenox Hill Hospital from 1992-1999. From 2000-2010 Beth held several leadership positions at The Mount Sinai Hospital, including Senior Director of Nursing for Mount Sinai Heart where she directed clinical, administrative and operational functions for cardiac services. In 2010, Beth returned to Lenox Hill Hospital as Associate Executive Director of Nursing for Cardiovascular.
In 2012, Dr. Oliver returned to Mount Sinai as VP of Clinical Operations for Mount Sinai Heart and in 2014 was appointed VP of Cardiac Services for the Mount Sinai Health System. In 2015, Beth was promoted to Senior VP of Cardiac Services for the Health System. In this role, Beth leads cardiovascular service line strategy and operations and is responsible for ensuring the delivery of quality patient care to Mount Sinai Heart patients. Beth is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the American Organization of Nurse Executives, the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association. In July 2018, Beth was appointed President of the American Heart Association’s Board of Directors in New York City, becoming the first nurse to hold the position of Board President. As a clinician, an executive and a nurse, Beth is committed to the cardiovascular health of populations and the current and future role of nurses in achieving this goal.
Dr. Oliver has a long track record of implementing changes to improve cardiovascular health. She is the driving force behind community outreach by Mount Sinai Hospital’s nurses to promote and improve cardiovascular health in New York City. In addition, in her current role and throughout her extensive career, Beth has acquired experience in leading and engaging diverse teams. As a nurse and administrator, Beth has spent her career implementing initiatives dedicated to improving patient care and staff engagement. Dr. Oliver puts her team and her patients first and has dedicated the last three decades to improving New Yorkers’ heart health.
Thomas J. Price, Jr. MD
Thomas J. Price, Jr. MD
Dr. Thomas J. Price, Jr. is from Burlington, Ohio. He attended South Point High School where he played three sports and was a high school All-American in football. He graduated from Dartmouth College where he majored in biology, played on two Ivy League championship football teams and was a member of the lacrosse team. After Dartmouth, he returned home to Ohio and attended the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. His medical internship and residency were completed at Harlem Hospital Center in New York City. His fellowship in cardiology was at Harlem Hospital and Columbia University. Following the fellowship, he joined the faculty and remained as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine for 17 years. Dr. Price has been a faculty member in the Nurse Anesthetist Program at the City University of New York. He was an assistant professor in the Emergency Medicine Residency Program at Morristown Memorial Hospital in Morristown, NJ. He was the team medical physician for the New York Knights of the World League of American Football. He was President of the Medical Staff at The Mount Vernon Hospital, now Montefiore- Mt Vernon Hospital in Mt. Vernon, NY. He is attending cardiologist at Montefiore-New Rochelle Hospital in New Rochelle, NY and at NY Presbyterian-Lawrence Hospital, Bronxville, NY. He has been a consultant to the pharmaceutical firms AstraZeneca, Gilead Sciences and Novartis. He has been a medical consultant for the law firms of Aaronson, Rappaport, Feinstein & Deutch; Bartlett, McDonough, Bastone & Monaghan; the City of New York Law Department; New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation; Shook, Hardy & Bacon and for the Department of Corrections for the State of NY and Westchester County. He was a member of the American Heart Association Northeast Affiliate Board of Directors and the National Board of Directors of the Association of Black Cardiologists. He was a member of the Westchester County Blue-Ribbon Panel on Healthcare Disparities. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiology. For several years, he has been named to the Castle Connolly list of Best Doctors in Metro New York and Westchester Magazine’s Top Doctors in Westchester. Beginning in1985, Dr. Price has had a cardiology practice in Mt. Vernon, NY. providing care to patients from Westchester County and New York City. He recently transitioned from private practice to Montefiore Cardiology where he is the Chief of Cardiology at Montefiore Mount Vernon Hospital in Mt Vernon, NY. He is married to Patricia Hayling-Price and has three children. He attends Grace Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon, NY and is frequently a participant in the Medical Ministry presentations. Before the onset of arthritic knees, Dr Price was an avid skier in the winter and runner on Orchard Beach in the Bronx year-round. Now he is a road bike cyclist and encourages his patients to keep doing something even if they can’t do what they used to do.
Carlos Jose Rodriguez, MD, MPH, FAHA, FACC
Board-certified clinical cardiologist, Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Dr. Rodriguez is a board certified clinical cardiologist, Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Washington Heights, Manhattan. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and subsequently obtained both his M.D. and M.P.H. degrees concurrently from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and School of Public Health. He then completed his three-year internal medicine residency and then completed a four-year fellowship in Cardiovascular Diseases and Advanced Echocardiography all at Columbia University Medical Center.
Dr. Rodriguez joined the faculty at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2003 and held a joint appointment at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and in the Division of Cardiology at Columbia University Medical Center. He was the first Dominican from the surrounding inner-city community of Washington Heights to be a full-time faculty member of the Division of Cardiology. A prolific researcher, Dr. Rodriguez has published over 200 peer-reviewed manuscripts, book chapters and abstracts. His research focuses on: cardiovascular epidemiology, cardiovascular health disparities, minority cardiovascular health, hypertensive heart disease and heart failure. His research has been published in a variety of journals including Circulation, the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the American Journal of Cardiology, the American Journal of Medicine, Hypertension, and Stroke. Dr. Rodriguez has been the recipient of the American Heart Association Clinically Applied Research Grant, the Association of Black Cardiologists Hawthorne – Searle Young Investigator Award, and a Career Development Award funded by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. He is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar, a past recipient of the Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Award and recipient of an Institutional Mid-Career Research Award.
Dr. Rodriguez joined the Albert Einstein College of Medicine on April 2019, where he is currently Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Population Health (with tenure) and the principal investigator of the ECHO-SOL and ECHO-SOL 2, national multi-center studies of cardiac structure and function in Hispanic/Latinos across the United States. The ECHO-SOL grant application was awarded a perfect score from the National Institutes of Health, a rare accomplishment. At Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Rodriguez serves as Vice Chair of Academic Affairs for Cardiology, Director of Cardiovascular Research and Director of Cardiovascular Epidemiology.
Dr. Rodriguez is active in various organizations, including as a fellow of the American Heart Association, where he serves on the National Research Committee and has served on the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate Board, the Social Determinants of Health and Health Equity Task Force and as past chair of the Genomics, Translational Outcomes & Observational Epidemiology Peer Review Committee. He also serves as a fellow of the American College of Cardiology. In addition to all of the above, Dr. Rodriguez continues to see patients and perform cardiovascular procedures on a weekly basis in New York where he lives with his wife and two children.
African Americans in Technology
Supporting the theme of this year’s annual multi-city tour, HFAS recognizes the contributions of African Americans in Technology selected regionally from across the technology industry in a celebration of “African Americans in Technology.”