America’s Leading Doctors

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

U.S. healthcare system and nurture the development of the nation’s top doctors. She also finds time to treat patients in a community health clinic.

Rayburn S. Lewis, M.D.
Title: Executive Director and Medical Director; Swedish Medical Center,
Ballard Campus
Specialty: Internal Medicine
Lewis serves as executive director and medical director of the Ballard campus of Seattle’s Swedish Medical Center, the largest nonprofit health provider in the Pacific Northwest. He is responsible for strategic and operational management of both the Medicine and Behavioral Health Service groups.

Rita J. Louard, M.D., F.A.C.E.
Title: Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism and Director, Clinical Diabetes Program, Montefiore Medical Center
Specialty: Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism
Louard is one of two directors of the clinical diabetes program at Montefiore Medical Center. While she’s not actively involved in clinical trial research at the moment, the most innovative part of her diabetes practice is its focus on integrating a multidisciplinary team (doctor, nurse practitioner, dietitian) to better treat patients.

Celia J. Maxwell, M.D.
Title: Assistant Vice President for Health Sciences and Director of the Women’s Health Institute, Howard University Hospital
Specialty: Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases
Maxwell oversees various programs, including one in which Howard University provides free HIV screenings in a city that has the highest rate of new HIV and AIDS cases in the nation. Maxwell, a fellow of the American College of Physicians, educates young women on the dangers of unprotected sex, among other topics.

Carl J. McDougall, M.D.
Title: Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Weill Medical College of Cornell
University; Associate Attending Physician, New York-Presbyterian Hospital
Specialty: Gastroenterology
McDougall dedicates his time to the study and prevention of colon cancer. In addition, he focuses on liver and ulcer diseases, Crohn’s disease, and colitis. He presently has a private medical practice in New York City.

Edgar L. Milford, M.D.
Title: Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Director, Tissue Typing Laboratory, Renal Division, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Specialty: Internal Medicine
Milford is a Harvard-trained physician who completed his fellowship in nephrology at Harlem Hospital Center. His clinical interests include renal transplantation, histocompatibility testing, immunological monitoring, chronic renal disease and dialysis, bone marrow transplantation, hypertension, and diabetes.

Khan J. Nedd, M.D.
Title: Board Chair and Acting Medical Director, Grand Rapids Area African American Health Institute
Specialty: Internal Medicine
Nedd co-founded the Grand Rapids Area African American Health Institute, a nonprofit organization that promotes healthcare parity through advocacy, education, and research. He is also president of the Hospitalists of West Michigan, and is active in both the West Michigan community and his native Grenada.

Keith Norris, M.D.
Title: Professor of Medicine and Executive Vice President of Health Affairs and Research, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
Specialty: Nephrology
Based in Los Angeles, Norris is principal investigator of a $9.5 million multi-institutional medical research program, funded by the National Institutes of Health that targets diseases affecting minorities. Eighteen top majority and HBCU med schools will collaborate on cancer, diabetes, infant mortality, and other diseases.

Velvie A. Pogue, M.D.
Title: Chief of the Division of Nephrology and Director of Hypertension Services, Harlem Hospital; Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, College of Physicians and Surgeons,

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