Donald E. Wilson, M.D., M.A.C.P., A.G.A.F.
AAMP Founder/Executive Director
John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers, Distinguished Professor
Dean Emeritus University of Maryland School of Medicine
Vice President for Medical Affairs, Emeritus
University of Maryland, Baltimore
Donald E. Wilson, M.D., M.A.C.P., A.G.A.F. received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College and his M.D. from Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Wilson trained in Medicine and Gastroenterology in Boston, and is board certified in both. He has served as Chief of Gastroenterology at the University of Illinois Medical School in Chicago and Chairman of Medicine at SUNY, Downstate in Brooklyn.
In 1991 he became Dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, becoming the first African American dean of an accredited non-minority medical accredited school in the United States . During his tenure at Maryland minority student enrollment increased, minority faculty nearly quadrupled, and external research funding quadrupled. Dr. Wilson established the University’s Program in Minority Health, Education and Research. After serving 15 years as Dean and Vice President at Maryland and a year of retirement, Dr. Wilson served as Senior Vice President for Health Sciences at Howard University from 2007-2009 before retiring again in 2010.
Dr. Wilson has served on several national policy and advisory committees. He chaired the NIH Digestive Diseases Advisory Committee, the FDA Gastrointestinal Drugs Advisory Committee, and the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (DHHS) Advisory Council. He was also a member of the advisory committee to the director of the NIH.
Dr. Wilson is past Chairman of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the AAMC Council of Deans, the first African-American to hold each of these positions. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine , the Association of American Physicians, and the American Clinical and Climatological Association.
He served as Vice President of the Alpha Omega Alpha National Board of Directors from 2004-2011 and is a Master of the American College of Physicians. In 2000 Dr. Wilson received the AAMC’s first Herbert Nickens Award for equality and Justice in Medicine. In 2004 he received the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development’s (NIH) first Extramural Associates Distinguished Service Award. In 2006 he received the National Medical Association’s Distinguished Service Award and he was the first recipient of the Institutional Leadership Diversity Award from the AAMC Group on Student Affairs-Minority Affairs Section. Baltimore Magazine named him Baltimorean of the Year in 2007. In 2008 Dr. Wilson received the Abraham Flexner Award from the AAMC, an award given to an individual who has had a major impact on medical education nationally. He holds Honorary Doctor of Science degrees from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, State University of New York Health Science Center, Brooklyn and Tufts University.
Victor F. Scott, M.D., M.A.C.P., A.G.A.F.
Professor Emeritus of Internal Medicine, Howard University College of Medicine, Senior Vice President for the Health Sciences (Ret.), Howard University
A graduate of Howard University School of Medicine, Dr. Scott joined the faculty in the Department of Internal Medicine as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Gastroenterology at the Howard University College of Medicine in 1971. He became Chief of the Division and instituted the Fellowship Training Program in Gastroenterology in 1975. Dr. Scott held escalating leadership roles in the University including Assistant Chairman of Medicine for Postgraduate Education, Vice- chairman and Interim Chairman of Medicine.
He also served as Senior Vice President for the Health Sciences. He belongs to a number of professional organizations including the American College of Physicians of which he is a Master, the American Gastroenterological Association, of which he is a Fellow, the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease, the Association of Academic Minority Physicians, of which he is a Past President and Secretary, and the American Clinical and Climatological Association. Dr. Scott continues to participate in the Fellowship Training Program in Gastroenterology at Howard University Hospital.
The Honorable Louis W. Sullivan, M.D.
Louis W. Sullivan, M.D., is chairman of the board of the National Health Museum in Atlanta, Georgia , and 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.
As secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) from 1989-1993, he released Healthy People 2000 (a blueprint for health promotion/disease prevention), waged a vigorous campaign against tobacco use, urged increased seat belt use in vehicles, and improved FDA food labels.
In 1975 Dr. Sullivan was the founding dean and president of Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) serving for more than two decades. He is now President Emeritus.
A native of Atlanta , Dr. Sullivan graduated magna cum laude from Morehouse College and earned his medical degree, cum laude, from Boston University School of Medicine. His postgraduate training included a residency in internal medicine at New York Hospital - Cornell Medical Center (1958-1960), a clinical fellowship in pathology at Massachusetts General Hospital (1960-1961), and a research fellowship in hematology at The Thorndike Memorial Laboratory of Harvard Medical School, Boston City Hospital (1961-1963). He is certified in internal medicine and hematology. He served on the faculties of Harvard Medical School , the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and Boston University School of Medicine.
Bruce W. Trotman, M.D., M.A.C.P., A.G.A.F.
AAMP Founder/Editor Emeritus
Bruce W. Trotman, M.D., M.A.C.P., AGAF was born in Philadelphia, PA. He graduated with a BA degree from Penn State University. He obtained his MD degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed postgraduate training in internal medicine and gastroenterology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Trotman is board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology.
During his more than 30 years as a professor, researcher, administrator, and clinician at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Meharry Medical College, SUNY HSC at Brooklyn, and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, Dr. Trotman cultivated an interest in gallstone disease, colorectal cancer, and chronic hepatitis C virus infection.
In 2001, he was awarded a Master of the American College of Physicians (MACP), a distinction that recognized his contributions to expanding the opportunities for minorities in academic medicine and the health care professions.
Unable to resist an opportunity to enjoy the climate, he moved to Bradenton, FL in March 2003 and joined a local practice. Later, in 2004, Dr. Trotman joined Digestive Disease Specialist of Manatee, PL. Incorporating his vast experience in academic and clinical medicine, Dr. Trotman provides Bradenton and nearby residents with compassionate, quality medical care in the field of gastroenterology with emphasis on colorectal cancer screening, gallstone disease, and chronic hepatitis C virus infection.
Harold P. Freeman, M.D.
Professor of Surgery Emeritus
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Dr. Freeman is Professor of Surgery Emeritus at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. For 25 years he served as Director of Surgery at Harlem Hospital. He is a past Associate Director of the National Cancer Institute, and past Director of the NCI Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities.
Dr. Freeman served as a Chairman of the US President's Cancer Panel for an eleven year period under Presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton. He is a past national president of the American Cancer Society. Dr. Freeman is the pioneer of the patient navigation concept and model which has been adopted widely throughout the nation.
He currently serves as CEO and President of the Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute in NYC. Dr. Freeman was named a Lasker Laureate for his role in "enlightening scientist and the public concerning the relationship between race, poverty and cancer'.
College of Sciences and Health Professions
Cleveland State University
Since 2011, Dr. Bond has served as Dean and Professor of Cleveland State University’s largest college – the College of Sciences and Health Professions (COSHP) - where she oversees all science and mathematics departments, as well as Psychology and the School of Health Sciences. In this role, she is responsible for 30% of all CSU student instruction and over 90% of all CSU research funded by the National Institutes of Health.
Dr. Bond is passionate about growing student success and understands the importance of a cradle to career educational focus. Under her leadership, she has led efforts to significantly increase pre-calculus and calculus pass rates, eliminating the achievement gap between minority and non-minority students. She has championed middle and high school student programs, increasing student retention rates for students majoring in her College by almost 10% and the 6-year graduation rate by 31%. At CSU, the acceptance rate for medical school is almost double the national average. (Most CSU students who apply to medical school graduate from COSHP.) She has significantly grown research in her College, attracting $45 million in research funding, and increasing philanthropic support from $265,000 to more than $4 million.
Prior to her current role at CSU, Dr. Bond was professor, and chair of the Department of Physiology, in the School of Medicine at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, for 8 years, serving under Dean Donald Wilson. During this period, the Department of Physiology’s national ranking (NIH funded research) increased from #32 to #7 among medical schools nationwide. Dr. Bond also has held a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University, and was on staff at the Lerner Research Institute of the Cleveland Clinic, performing NIH-funded research on molecular mechanisms of heart failure, for 17 years.
Dr. Bond holds a B.A. in Biological Sciences from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, and received her Ph.D. and post-doctoral fellowship from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
Dr. Bond was identified as one of 2008’s “Top 100 Women in Maryland”; she received the “Excellence in Mentoring Award” from the Association for Academic Minority Physicians for innovative initiatives to increase diversity in science and health; in 2015, Dr. Bond was appointed by AAMP to AAMP’s Academic Leadership Forum; and in 2019 was named one of Crain’s Cleveland Business “Notable women in STEM.” She has held leadership positions in numerous national scientific societies, including the Biophysical Society, the American Heart Association, and the Association of Chairs of Departments of Physiology. She is currently on the Executive Committee of the Ohio Advisory Group of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and is a member of the Board of Ohio Guidestone, one of the largest behavioral health agencies in the state of Ohio.
Esam Z. Dajani, Ph.D., FACG
Dr Dajani is a biomedical research scientist in the fields of pharmacology, physiology, toxicology, regulatory affairs and drug development. Since 1980, he held concurrent academic appointments in pharmacology and in medicine.
He is currently the Adjunct Professor of Medicine (gastroenterology) at Loyola University-Chicago. He is also the founder and president of International Drug Development Consultants, Inc., a Contract Research Organization. He previously served as the Director of Clinical Research at Searle Pharmaceuticals and led the research teams that discovered and developed misoprostol (Cytotec), an anti-ulcer drug, for human therapeutics.
His current research interests include clinical pharmacology, gastrointestinal mucosal injury, intestinal secretion, prostaglandins and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
Charles D. Howell, M.D., A.G.A.F., F.A.A.S.L.D.
Dr. Charles D. Howell is Professor of Medicine and Chairman of the Department of Medicine at the Howard University College of Medicine and Howard University Hospital. A native of Alabama, Dr. Howell received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Tuskegee Institute and the Doctor of Medicine degree with honors from Howard University. He completed an Internal Medicine residency at the Baylor College of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals in Houston, and a Gastroenterology and Hepatology fellowship at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (UCHSC) in Denver, CO. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.
In 1988, Dr. Howell joined the faculty at the UCHSC as an Assistant Professor of Medicine. During his tenure at Colorado, Dr. Howell was a recipient of the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Minority Medical Faculty Development Program fellowship and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) FIRST awards. In 1994, Howell joined the University of Maryland School of Medicine faculty as Associate Professor. As the founding Director of Hepatology and Medical Director of Liver Transplantation, he was instrumental in building a successful transplant hepatology program.
Dr. Howell has published more than 60 journal articles, book chapters and reviews and is recognized nationally for his medical expertise and research accomplishments. He is a fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) and the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD), and a member of the American Transplantation Society. Dr. Howell has served on many professional society committees, and is a past chair of the AGA Committee on Under-represented Minorities and the AASLD Public Policy Committee. In addition, Howell chairs the AASLD Diversity Task Force. He has been a member of numerous NIH study sections and the editorial boards of Hepatology, Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Current Hepatology Reports, and the World Journal of Gastroenterology.
Gerald E. Thomson. M.D.
Gerald Thomson, a graduate of Howard University College of Medicine in 1959, is the Samuel Lambert Professor of Medicine Emeritus and the Robert Sonneborn Professor of Medicine Emeritus at Columbia University. In 1965, Dr Thomson helped establish and direct one of the nation’s first and largest dialysis units at the State University of New York/ Kings County Hospital Center in Brooklyn. He joined the Columbia faculty in 1970 and was Director of Medicine at Harlem Hospital Center from 1971 to 1985. From 1985-1990 Dr. Thomson served as Chief of Staff and Executive Vice President of the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. He was Senior Associate Dean from 1990-2002. Dr Thomson chaired the Board of the Institute on Professionalism in Medicine at Columbia from 2003 to 2011.
Dr Thomson served on numerous NIH advisory committees on hypertension, cardiovascular disease and clinical trials. He is the co-founder and past president of the New York Society of Nephrology. In 2014, he was a member of a national Constitution Project panel that reported on a review of the mistreatment of post 9/11 military and CIA prisoners
Dr Thomson was Chairman of the American Board of Internal Medicine in 1990 and President of the American College of Physicians in 1995- the first African American to hold each of those positions. He is a Member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), and he chaired a 2004 NAM Committee that reported on a Review of the National Institutes of Health Strategic Plan to Reduce and Ultimately Eliminate Health Disparities.
CELIA J. MAXWELL, M.D., FACP, FIDSA
Dr. Maxwell serves as the Associate Dean for Research at Howard University College of Medicine. She is currently the Principal Investigator of several prestigious projects. They include: The Center for Infectious Disease Management and Research’s, Ryan White EIS program, The DC DOH Routine HIV Testing Program and as Co-PI for the PEPFAR funded HBCU Clinical Practice Transformation Project in Zambia.
Dr. Maxwell was selected by Sharon Pratt-Kelly, former Mayor of Washington, D.C. to co-chair the Transitional Task Force on AIDS services, and was also appointed to the Healthcare Reform Task Force chaired by former First Lady, Hillary Rodman Clinton. As well was appointed by Dr. Donna Shalala, then Secretary of Health and Human Services, and served on the Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council of the National Institutes of Health. Additionally, from 1994-97, she served as a Special Assistant to the Commissioner of Food and Drugs, Dr. David Kessler. Dr. Maxwell was selected for the nationally renowned Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship and through the fellowship, served as a health legislative assistant for Senator Tom Harkin (D. Iowa). In 2015 she was inducted into the Washington DC. Hall of Fame and was appointed as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board, of the US President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief. (PEPFAR)
Dr. Maxwell obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Hunter College and her medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, both in New York City. She completed her residency training in Internal Medicine at Howard University Hospital and a Fellowship in Parasitology at the National Institutes of Health, Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases. Her research interests then involved the investigation of the immune response of humans to the hookworm parasite. Dr. Maxwell is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the Infectious Diseases Society of America, as well as a member of several boards and scientific associations. To date she has conducted international medical site visits or served as a lecturer in Cuba, Haiti, Panama, Dubai UAE, Uganda, Zambia, Senegal, Beijing, India and Brazil.