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Honorable Louis W. Sullivan, M.D.
of Morehouse College of Medicine
of Health and Human Services for
President George H.W. Bush
Louis W. Sullivan, M.D. is chairman of the board of the National Health
Museum in Atlanta, Georgia, whose goal is to improve the health of
Americans by enhancing health literacy and advancing healthy behaviors.
He also is chairman of the Washington, D.C.-based Sullivan Alliance to
Transform America’s Health Professions. He served as chair of the
President’s Commission on Historically Black Colleges and Universities
from 2002-2009, and was co-chair of the President’s Commission on HIV and
AIDS from 2001-2006.
exception of his tenure as secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services (HHS) from 1989 to 1993, Dr. Sullivan was president of
Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) for more than two decades. On July 1,
2002, he retired and was appointed president emeritus. He continues to
support the school, including its national fund-raising activities.
became the founding dean and director of the Medical Education Program at
Morehouse College in 1975. The program became The School of Medicine at
Morehouse College in 1978, admitting its first 24 students to a two-year
program in the basic medical sciences. In 1981, the school received
provisional accreditation of its four year curriculum leading to the M.D.
degree, became independent from Morehouse College and was re-named
Morehouse School of Medicine, with Dr. Sullivan as dean and president. In
1983, MSM became a member of the Atlanta University Center (AUC). MSM was
fully accredited as a four-year medical school in April 1985 and awarded
its first 16 M.D. degrees in May of that year.
left MSM in 1989 to accept an appointment by President George H.W. Bush to
serve as secretary of HHS. In this cabinet position, Dr. Sullivan managed
the federal agency responsible for the major health, welfare, food and
drug safety, medical research and income security programs serving the
His efforts to
improve the health and health behavior of Americans included (1) the
introduction of a new and improved FDA food label; (2) the release of
Healthy People 2000, a guide for improved health promotion/disease
prevention activities; (3) educated the public about the health dangers
from tobacco use; (4) led the successful efforts to prevent the
introduction of “Uptown,” a non-filtered, mentholated cigarette; (5)
inaugurated a $100 million minority male health and injury prevention
initiative; and (6) implemented greater gender and ethnic diversity in
senior positions of HHS, including the appointment of the first female
director of the National Institutes of Health, the first female (and first
Hispanic) Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Service, the first
African American Commissioner of the Social Security Administration, and
the first African-American Administrator of the Health Care Financing
Administration. In January 1993, he returned to MSM and resumed the
office of president.
In March 2008,
Dr. Sullivan was appointed to the new Grady Hospital Corporation Board of
Trustees. In June, 2008, Dr. Sullivan accepted appointments to (a) the
Health Disparities Technical Expert Panel (HDTEP) of the Centers for
Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of HHS and (b) an Institute of
Medicine Committee, “Improving the Organization of the U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services to Advance the Health of Our Population.”
A native of
Atlanta, Dr. Sullivan graduated magna cum laude from Morehouse College in
1954, and earned his medical degree, cum laude, from Boston University
School of Medicine in 1958. His postgraduate training included internship
and residency in internal medicine at New York Hospital – Cornell Medical
Center (1958-60), a clinical fellowship in pathology at Massachusetts
General Hospital (1960-61), and a research fellowship in hematology at the
Thorndike Memorial Laboratory of Harvard Medical School, Boston City
Hospital (1961-63). He is certified in internal medicine and hematology,
holds a mastership from the American College of Physicians and is a member
of Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha academic honor societies.
Dr. Sullivan was
instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School from 1963-64, and
assistant professor of medicine at Seton Hall College of Medicine from
1964-66. In 1966, he became co-director of hematology at Boston
University Medical Center and, a year later, founded the Boston University
Hematology Service at Boston City Hospital. Dr. Sullivan remained at
Boston University until 1975, holding positions as assistant professor of
medicine, associate professor of medicine, and professor of medicine.
A member of
numerous medical organizations, including the American Medical Association
and the National Medical Association, Dr. Sullivan is the founding
president of the Association of Minority Health Professions Schools (AMHPS).
He is a former member of the Joint Committee on Health Policy of the
Association of American Universities and the National Association of Land
Grant Colleges and Universities.
Sullivan was one of the founders of Medical Education for South African
Blacks (MESAB). From 1994-2007, he served as chairman of the organization,
which raised scholarship funds in the United States and South Africa for
more than 10,000 black health professions students, who are now
physicians, nurses, dentists and other health professionals in South
Dr. and Mrs. E.
Ginger Sullivan are sponsors of The Sullivan 5K Run/Walk Road Race for
Health & Fitness on Martha’s Vineyard, Ma. Now in its 21st year, the
popular event has raised almost $200,000 to benefit Martha’s Vineyard
Hospital. Firm believers in daily exercise, the Sullivan’s have walked
in more than 50 countries throughout their travels. In recent years, they
have added walks in Senegal, Nigeria, Gabon, South Africa, Mozambique,
Namibia, Egypt, Morocco, Hungary, and Algeria.
Dr. Sullivan is
the recipient of more than 55 honorary degrees, including an honorary
doctor of medicine degree from the University of Pretoria in South Africa.
currently serves on the following corporate boards: Henry Schein, United
Therapeutics, Emergent Biosolutions, and BioSante Pharmaceuticals. He is
retired from the boards of General Motors, 3M, Bristol Myers Squibb,
CIGNA, Household International (now HBSC), and Equifax.
He also is a
member of the boards of Africare in Washington, D.C. and Callaway Gardens
in Pine Mountain, Georgia. Dr. Sullivan is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha
Fraternity, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity and 100 Black Men of America.
He is married to
E. Ginger Sullivan, an attorney, and they have three grown children: Paul,
a radiologist; Shanta, an actress; and Halsted, a Harvard Law Graduate and
television comedy writer and producer. They have two grandchildren, Paul
Jr. and Brent Sullivan.
Head of the Nail
Disease Center in Cannes, France
Dermatologist to the Gustave Roussy Cancer
Institute in Villejuif, France
Baran, M.D. was born in Paris, France and qualified in dermatology at
Hôpital Saint Louis. Currently, he is a clinical investigator for several
pharmaceutical companies, Head of the Nail Disease Center in Cannes,
France, and Consultant Dermatologist to the Gustave Roussy Cancer
Institute in Villejuif, France.
He is a full member or a corresponding member of several dermatological
societies and serves on the editorial board of a number of dermatogical
journals. Doctor Baran has contributed over 450 papers to the
dermatological literature, in addition to serving as an editor or
contributor to several books on nails, the hair, and scalp.
Clinical Dermatology - UCLA & USC Schools
Specialist in Mohs Micrographic
G. Bennett, M.D., a diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology and the
American Board of Mohs Micrographic Surgery, is a specialist in Mohs
Bennett received extensive training in Mohs micrographic surgery in the
Department of Dermatology at New York University Medical Center. He
completed his residency in dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania
School of Medicine and received his M.D. degree from Case Western
University. Dr. Bennett also served as a lieutenant commander in the U.S.
he began his practice in 1978, Dr. Bennett has treated more than 20,000
skin cancers using Mohs micrographic surgery. He has also trained nineteen
fellows in this technique, and his office is one of the few appointed
training centers for Mohs micrographic surgery in this country.
Bennett taught full-time on the faculty at Emory University School of
Medicine from 1978 to 1988, where he received teaching awards from the
dermatology residents at both medical schools. He is listed in The Best
Doctors in America, Published by Woodward and White.
Bennett has published widely in medical journals and has written a
standard textbook in dermatologic surgery (Fundamentals of Cutaneous
Surgery, published by C.V. Mosby and Co., 1988) used in dermatology
training programs all over the world.
In addition to
his practice, Dr. Bennett teaches dermatology residents at UCLA, USC and
Martin Luther King-Drew Schools of Medicine and has served on the Board of
Directors of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society for
Dermatologic Surgery, the International Society for Dermatologic Surgery,
and the American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery.
Beek, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of the Department of Dermatology
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City
Chair, AADA Congressional Policy
of Dermatology Presidential Citation Award Winner, Feb 2011
M.D. is the Assistant Professor of Dermatology at the University of Iowa,
Carver College of Medicine where she also attended medical school. She is
board certified by the American Board of Dermatology and is a member of
multiple Dermatologic societies and organizations. Her research interests
include Health Relater Quality of Life, Epidemiology of Melanoma,
Hyperhidrosis, HIV Dermatoses and International Public Health.
Professor, Pathology and
Laboratory Medicine - Emory
Guest Researcher at the CDC
Jeanette Guarner, M.D. was raised in Mexico City where she did her medical
school training at Universidad La Salle, Mexico City. She came to Emory
University in Atlanta, Georgia, to do residency training in Anatomic and
Clinical Pathology and a 2 year fellowship in Surgical pathology. After
her residency, she returned to Mexico City where she became the Director
of the Clinical Laboratory at the National Institute of Cancer for 7
years. In 1996, Dr. Guarner returned to Atlanta and worked at the
Infectious Disease Pathology Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and
then returned to Emory University in 2007 and became an Associate
Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and a
Guest Researcher at the CDC.
published over 140 papers related to diagnosis of infectious diseases
using a variety of samples, primarily formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded
Richard Sturm, MD
L. Sturm, MD, received his Bachelor of Science degree from Duke University
in 1975 and his Doctorate of Medicine (M.D.) degree from Emory University
in 1980. He interned in pediatrics at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami
from 1980-1981, followed by a residency in dermatology at Emory University
from 1981-1984, including chief residency in 1984.
he holds the position of Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology at
Emory University, and specializes in teaching dermatologic surgery.
served as Secretary-Treasurer and President of the Atlanta Dermatological
Association, President of the Georgia Society of Dermatologic Surgeons, as
well as President of the Georgia Society of Dermatologists. Dr. Sturm
lectures nationally and internationally on multiple aspects of
dermatology, cancer treatment, and dermatologic and cosmetic surgery.
Katarina Lequeux-Nalovic, MD
Lequeux-Nalovic was born in Cameroon, West Africa and grew up in French Guyana, South
America, with her French father and American mother. Dr. Lequeux-Nalovic is fluent in
French, Spanish and English.
arrived in the United Sates during her teenage years and has lived in several
states throughout the United States, including Florida, New York and California.
She now resides in Georgia with her two daughters and one son.
Vanderbilt University and received her medical education at Tulane University
School of Medicine. She has received many awards for her outstanding work in
dermatology and her specialty as a trained Mohs Surgeon. There is no substitute
for additional formal training under the guidance of a mentor. Experience is the
true education for any surgical specialty as has been demonstrated with other
surgical specialties such as cardiac surgery, urology and gastrointestinal
surgery. Not only is Dr. Lequeux-Nalovic one of these 32 surgeons in Georgia, she is
also a Trainer and Instructor for new fellows in training.
Loretta Davis, MD
Davis, M.D. is the Interim Section Chief Professor of Dermatologic Medicine,
Section of Dermatology at Medical College of Georgia. She earned her medical
degree as well as her residency at Ohio State University College of Medicine.
Her clinical interests include Bullous and Autoimmune Diseases, Vascular
Mottling Patterns and Connective Tissue Diseases.
Robert Swerlick, MD
A. Swerlick, M.D. is a Head Professor and Chair of Dermatology at The
Emory Clinic as well as a Staff Physician, Division of Dermatology at
Atlanta VA Medical Center. He earned his education at the University of
Virginia, interned at City Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland and completed
his residency program as the Chief Resident at the University of Virginia
Medical Center. He is board certified by the National Board of Medical
Examiners, American Board of Dermatology and has a Special Qualification
in Dermatological Immunology/Diagnostic and Laboratory Immunology.
Swerlick’s research interests focus on the regulation of the expression of
proteins that mediate inflammation in the skin, particularly the
expression of adhesion molecules on dermal endothelial cells. Adhesion
molecules such as VCAM-1, ICAM-1, and E-selectin on dermal endothelial
cells play an important role in the trafficking of leukocytes in and out
the skin. Dr. Swerlick’s laboratory has characterized tissue specific
regulatory features of adhesion molecule expression in dermal
microvascular endothelial cells. Recent studies have identified
iron-dependent elements of cytokine-induced adhesion molecule induction in
endothelial cells. Dr. Swerlick’s laboratory has also demonstrated that
iron is essential for activation of a number of pro-inflammatory pathways,
including tumor necrosis factor induction of selected NF-kB mediated genes
and interferon mediated STAT1 activation.
Dr. Swerlick’s laboratory is also examining the regulation of tissue
factor (thromboplastin) in dermal endothelium. Tissue factor plays an
important role in initiation of coagulation and in the regulation of
angiogenesis. Both transcriptional mechanisms and protein trafficking
regulate cell surface expression of tissue factor in dermal endothelial
cells. Signaling pathways initiated by pro-inflammatory cytokines such as
tumor necrosis factor induce activation of and new synthesis of
transcription factors that are essential for tissue factor gene
transcription. In addition, studies in Dr. Swerlick’s laboratory have
demonstrated that activation of p38 MAP kinase is also essential for
expression of tissue factor in dermal endothelial cells.
While the focus of Dr. Swerlick’s laboratory has been primarily on
pro-inflammatory gene regulation, studies of tissue factor protein
expression and interferon signaling have defined critical regulatory
elements dependent upon trafficking of proteins from cell membranes to
endosomes. Protein trafficking studies have been initiated in
collaboration with Dr. Andrew Kowalczyk, whose laboratory examines
regulation of endothelial cell cadherins and cadherin interactions with
endothelial cell cytoskeletal proteins.
Jonathan S. Weiss, MD
Jonathan S. Weiss, MD is an assistant clinical professor of Dermatology at
the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. He also
practices at Gwinnett Dermatology, PC, and Gwinnett Clinical Research
Center, Inc., in Snellville, Georgia, just outside of Atlanta.
Weiss earned his medical degree from the University of Michigan in Ann
Arbor, where he also served as chief resident in the dermatology
Clinical dermatology remains the focus for Dr. Weiss, as he maintains a
full-time medical, surgical, and cosmetic practice. In addition, he
oversees an active clinical trial unit studying a wide range of
dermatologic conditions and pharmaceutical compounds, having been an
investigator in over 180 studies. He has authored or co-authored over 55
publications in medical and dermatology journals, including Pediatric
Dermatology, the International Journal of Dermatology, the Journal of
Drugs in Dermatology, and the Journal of the American Academy of
Dermatology. He has maintained an active clinical and research interest in
psoriasis, topical and systemic retinoids, photodamage, actinic keratosis,
skin cancer, acne, rosacea, infectious diseases, and cosmetic dermatology
since the mid-1980s.
He is a
past president of the Atlanta Dermatological Association ... and the
Georgia Society of Dermatologists, and fulfills a position on the Board of
Trustees for the Dermatology Foundation. He is also a member of the
American Academy of Dermatology, the American Medical Association and the
Medical Association of Georgia.
Mark Holzberg, MD
Holzberg, M.D. is the founder of Newnan Dermatology and has practiced in
Newnan for over 20 years. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins
University in 1979 and received his medical doctorate degree from Emory
University School of Medicine. He completed his internship in both
medicine and pediatrics at Emory and then completed his dermatology
residency at Emory. Dr. Holzberg is a Fellow of the American Academy of
Dermatology and is board-certified in dermatology.
active member of the dermatologic community, Dr. Holzberg has served as
president and then medical director of the Georgia Dermatologic Network,
an organization involved in ensuring access to dermatology for all
patients. He has served as both secretary-treasurer and president of the
Atlanta Dermatological Association and is president-elect of the Georgia
Society of Dermatologists. Dr. Holzberg is a clinical assistant professor
of dermatology at the Department of Dermatology at Emory University School
of Medicine and supervises the Nail Clinic at Grady Memorial Hospital in
Holzberg has lectured and published articles and book chapters on many
aspects of dermatology and diseases of the nail. His main areas of focus
have been general dermatology, dermatologic surgery, and cosmetic
dermatologic procedures. He has a special interest in diseases and surgery
of the nail.
Narayan Naik, MD
S. Naik, M.D. earned his medical degree from Northeastern Ohio
Universities College of Medicine, where he was selected for membership in
Alpha Omega Alpha national medical honor society and was valedictorian of
his graduating class. He completed an internship in Preliminary Internal
Medicine at Summa Health System / Akron City Hospital and a dermatology
residency at New York University. Dr. Naik then served as a fellow in
dermatopathology at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Naik practiced full-time dermatopathology for two and a half years
with Pathology Associates in Westchester County, New York, prior to
joining Finan Templeton Dermatopathology Associates in 2006. He is board
certified in both dermatology and dermatopathology and is a fellow of the
American Academy of Dermatology and the American Society of
Areas of interest include inflammatory skin diseases, skin infections, and
elastic tissue disorders.
Stuart Goldsmith, MD
Goldsmith, M.D. is a dermatologist at Southwest Georgia Dermatology in
Albany, Georgia. He earned a medical degree from Emory University in
Atlanta, Ga. Dr. Goldsmith completed his residency at Wake Forest
University, Winston-Salem, N.C., and fellowship at the University of
Alabama at Birmingham. He is board-certified in dermatology by the
American Board of Dermatology and in internal medicine by the American
Board of Internal Medicine.
Petra Milde, MD
Milde is Board Certified in Dermatology, Pathology, and Dermatopathology.
She started practicing Dermatopathology in 1991, and joined Atlanta
Dermatopathology and Pathology Associates (ADPA) in 2001. She has authored
over 40 publications in Dermatology, Dermatopathology and Pathology.
Milde received her medical degree from the Heidelberg University Medical
School. She completed her Residency Programs in Dermatology & Venereology
at the Heinrich-Heine University, Düsseldorf,
Germany and Anatomic Pathology at George Washington University, in
Dermatopathology Fellowships were at the Armed Forces Institute of
Pathology in Washington, D.C., under the direction of Dr. George P.
Lupton, and as a Visiting Fellow at the New York University Medical Center
under Dr. A. Bernard Ackerman.
a very well respected teacher of dermatology and pathology students and
currently and has served as a speaker at local and international meetings
of professional organizations in the field. She is a Clinical Assistant
Professor in Medicine (Dermatology) at The Medical College of Georgia in
Augusta, GA and is Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Emory
University in Atlanta, GA.
Milde is an active member of the Atlanta Dermatology Association, the
Georgia Society of Dermatologists, the American Academy of Dermatology,
the American Society of Dermatopathology, and the International Society of
Jamie Weisman, MD
Jamie Weisman, MD, joined
Peachtree Dermatology Associates in June 2006. Dr. Weisman grew up in
Atlanta, graduated with honors from Riverwood High School and went on to
attend Brown University. At Brown, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in
English literature and graduated magna cum laude with honors. She received
a fellowship to study in Cairo, Egypt at the American University in Cairo,
and then came home to attend Emory University Medical School. Dr. Weisman
stayed at Emory to complete her internship and residency in dermatology. A
writer as well as a physician, she is the author of the memoir, As I Live
and Breathe: Notes of a patient doctor. She has also published articles or
been profiled in Life, Glamour, Omagazine, National Public Radio and
the New England Journal of Medicine.
Dr. Weisman has
participated in numerous clinical trials and has lectured on the treatment
of psoriasis. Her areas of interest include not only the treatment of
psoriasis but also auto-immune skin diseases, as well as general medical,
surgical and cosmetic dermatology, including Botox®, fillers and laser
Bolia, partner at Peachtree Government Affairs, and current lobbyist for
the Georgia Society of Dermatologists, provides industry leaders with
strategic advice on how legislative trends will impact their businesses
and assists them in shaping policy debates at the state, federal, and
local levels in Georgia.
manages clients’ relationships before the Georgia General Assembly, as
well as numerous city and county governments and agencies. His background
and experience especially give clients an edge on conducting business with
local governments. Because of his key relationships at the municipal
level, his clients are able to clearly communicate their message to the
pertinent decision makers.
Bolia began his political career working for then Congressman Newt
Gingrich in Washington, D.C. In 1993, he was appointed the Political
Director of the Georgia Republican Party. In that capacity, he was
directly responsible for managing the GOP’s statewide effort to elect
Republicans to the Georgia General Assembly.
1993, he was appointed chief of staff of the Fulton County Commission
chairman. During Mr. Bolia’s first weeks in office, Fulton County,
Georgia’s most populous county, cut taxes for the first time in a decade
and the chairman’s office returned over $180,000 in savings from the
chairman’s budget alone. Mr. Bolia was responsible for directing the
chairman’s agenda and working with the Board of Commissioners.
1994, Mr. Bolia was appointed executive director of the Georgia Republican
Party, during an election cycle that saw Republicans win six state-level
offices for the first time since Reconstruction, including insurance
commissioner, superintendent of schools, and a majority of the seats on
the Public Service Commission.
Bolia was the president of D&B Communications, a government affairs and
public relations firm he founded in 1995. Working in a bipartisan manner,
he advocated for the passage of several important pieces of legislation on
behalf of his clients and developed a unique niche that focused on
lobbying county and city governments.
served as treasurer of the G-8 PAC, the political fundraising arm of the
GOP members of Congress from Georgia, and managed the transition team for
the superintendent of schools, cutting the internal budget from $35
million to $19 million. He currently serves as treasurer of the Republican
Considered a leader in campaign management and grassroots training, Mr.
Bolia has managed statewide campaign training seminars. Don continues to
advise key political leaders on campaign and other strategic initiatives.
been named one of the state’s top 40 business leaders under 40 by Georgia
Trend magazine, and was recently named Jeff Dickerson’s “Winner of the
Week” on WAGA-TV’s political roundtable program The Georgia Gang.
MAG Mutual Senior
Gary Lovell, Jr.
Carlock & Copeland
As a litigation partner in the firm with 22 years experience, Gary’s trial
practice includes representation of doctors, nurses, hospitals, nursing
homes, allied health care providers, insurers of motor carriers and others
in civil tort litigation. Gary counsels and represents brokers, agents,
and business associations in insurance, business and employment related
Gary has served as lead counsel in over 75 jury trials of catastrophic
injury or wrongful death tort actions in state and federal courts in
Georgia and South Carolina. Gary also represents clients in the State
Courts of Florida. He has participated in hundreds of mediations or
arbitration proceedings in the Southeastern states. He also represents his
clients in the Appellate Courts of Georgia, South Carolina and Florida.
In addition to litigation work, Gary also lectures at the invitation of
firm clients and numerous organizations in the legal and other fields.
For the past five years, Gary has been an honoree on the Georgia
Super Lawyers® list in Atlanta Magazine/Law and Politics Magazine.