2019 Bay Area Champions of Health Awards Luncheon

March 2, 2019 @ 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
The Field Club at California Memorial Stadium
2227 Piedmont Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704
Valerie Zapanta-Koselke

NMF Honors Health Leaders at The First Annual Bay Area Champions of Health Awards Luncheon in Oakland, California

The First Annual National Medical Fellowships (NMF) Bay Area Champions of Health Awards Luncheon took place on March 2, 2019, with over 250 guests in attendance. NMF Alumni, corporate and healthcare leaders, physicians and over 30 medical students gathered at The Field Club at California Memorial Stadium in Oakland, California to honor eight outstanding Bay Area, healthcare leaders.

NMF would like to thank everyone who supported the event, representing distinguished medical schools, healthcare organizations, and leaders in Northern California. We’d like to give a special thank you to all of our Sponsors: (Sponsor) Kaiser Permanente – Corporate, (Leader) Kaiser Permanente – Physician Education and Development; (Patron) Blue Shield of California, Stanford University School of Medicine, Sutter Health, University of California, San Francisco; and (Supporter) Bennet Omalu Pathology, Healthy Healing Eats and Permanente Medical Group.

The Honorees included: Barry Breaux, Jr., MD, MBA, Forward Medical Group (NMF Emerging Leader Award); Olivia Campa, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Director, Postbaccalaureate Program, UC Davis School of Medicine (NMF Community Health Award); Odette Harris, MD, Professor, Neurosurgery and Director, Brain Injury, Stanford University School of Medicine, and Associate Chief of Staff, Rehabilitation, Director, Defense Veterans, Brain Injury Center, VA Palo Alto, HCS (NMF Excellence in Academic Medicine Award); Stephen Lockhart, MD, PhD*, Chief Medical Officer, Sutter Health (NMF Distinguished Alumni Award); J. Renée Navarro, PharmD, MD, Vice Chancellor, Diversity and Outreach, Chief Diversity Officer, Chief Outreach Officer, Professor, Anesthesia and Perioperative Care, University of California, San Francisco (NMF Diversity Award); Glenda Newell-Harris, MD*, Regional Medical Director, Corizon Health, 16th National President, The Links Incorporated (NMF Distinguished Service Award); Bennet Omalu, MD, MBA, MPH, President, Bennet Omalu Pathology, Clinical Professor, Medical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of California, Davis (NMF Pioneer Award); Bernard J. Tyson, Chairman and CEO, Kaiser Permanente (NMF Leadership in Healthcare Award).

Honorees shared their experiences, rise to leadership, as well as encouraging messages, leaving attendees inspired about the future of healthcare, and the importance of education, mentorship and financial support of the younger generation of students in medicine.

Lastly, a huge thank you to the planning efforts of the NMF Bay Area Council, chaired by Calvin Wheeler, MD, Institutional Director, Undergraduate & Graduate Medical Education, Kaiser Permanente Northern California. Their time, resources and energy, helped make the luncheon a big success.

*NMF Alumni

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