America’s Leading Doctors

From treating heart disease to fighting cancer, these physicians are changing the world of medicine

African Americans and women in the field, she is a recent recipient of the prestigious Diversity Award from The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Michael E. Trice, M.D.
Title: Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Johns Hopkins School of
Medicine; Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Cartilage Restoration
Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery
Trice trains resident surgeons and runs an active orthopaedic surgical practice, with a special interest in cartilage repair and transplantation. His research interests include diversity in orthopaedics and the study of cartilage restoration, for which he was recently awarded a grant from the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation.

Christian Head, M.D.
Title: Associate Professor in Residence,
Department of Surgery, Head and Neck Surgery, UCLA
Specialty: Otolaryngology
Head is working to establish the UCLA Head and Neck Tissue Bank while facilitating research on head and neck cancers, which includes cancers of the mouth, tongue, larynx, and pharynx. His work is significant because minority populations have mortality rates for head and neck cancers that are twice that of whites.

Wesley L. Hicks Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S.
Title: Professor of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery and Professor of Neurosurgery, University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Specialty: Head and Neck Surgical Oncology
Hicks has been issued numerous patents related to his interest in tissue engineering and wound repair, which involves reconstituting tissue similar to the original. His laboratory is currently studying novel work in developing bioengineered devices for healing wounds.

Anita Jackson, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.O.A.
Title: President & CEO, Greater Carolina Ear, Nose & Throat PA/ Carolina Center for Health & Wellness; Commissioner, North Carolina Health and Wellness Trust Fund
Specialty: Otolaryngology
In addition to being a top-flight medical professional, Jackson is also an active researcher, whose studies include harmful environmental effects on allergic, sinus, and asthmatic disease. She is currently launching a Multicultural Clinical Trials Center with a Biotech Partners Mentoring Program in Southeastern North Carolina.

Michael E. Jones, M.D.
Title: Otolaryngologist & Plastic Surgeon, Lexington Plastic Surgeons
Specialty: Plastic Surgery, Reconstructive Surgery, Otolaryngology, and Head & Neck surgery
With special interests in ethnic rhinoplasty and scarless surgery for people of color, Jones’ specialties are reconstructive surgery and head and neck surgery. He has performed more than 1,000 rhinoplasty procedures and has developed techniques that don’t require foreign implants.

Rodney J. Taylor, M.D., M.S.P.H.
Title: Associate Professor, Otorhinolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Specialty: Otorhinolaryngology
Taylor, a Harvard-trained physician, focuses on a wide range of clinical interests, including head and neck oncology, endoscopic sinus surgery, and anterior skull base surgery. In terms of research, he has studied the treatment and quality-of-life issues involving head and neck cancer patients.

James W. Collins Jr., M.D., M.P.H.
Title: Attending Physician, Neonatology, Children’s Memorial Hospital; Professor of Pediatrics, Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine
Specialty: Neonatology
Collins has a special interest in issues pertaining to perinatal epidemiology and low birth weight babies. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the March of Dimes Basil O’Conner Research Grant for his work with perinatal outcomes in African Americans.

Phylis A. Dennery, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Title: Chief, Division of Neonatology and Newborn Service, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the

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