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Dr. Russell J. Ledet is a native of Lake Charles, Louisiana. Dr. Ledet was enlisted in the U.S. Navy, both on active and reserve duty. His first assignment was as a U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guardsman in Washington, D.C. He subsequently completed Navy cryptology training and was assigned to the USS John L. Hall (FFG-32), based in Mayport, Florida. Dr. Ledet has been awarded multiple Navy Achievement Medals for his leadership, and work ethic. After 5 years of active-duty service, Dr. Ledet transitioned to the USN Reserves, while also attending Southern University, where he completed his bachelor’s degrees in Chemistry and Biology. In total, Dr. Ledet spent nearly a decade serving his country. Dr. Ledet then went on to obtain his Ph.D. in Molecular Oncology from NYU. His scientific work focused on prostate cancer biology and therapeutic development utilizing proteomics and bioinformatics. This work was funded by the NIH, as well as the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and published in Nature. Upon completing his Ph.D., he began his medical training at Tulane School of Medicine. During his medical school journey, Dr. Ledet co-founded The 15 White Coats, a world-renowned organization that helps to propel underrepresented minority students to medicine by providing inspiration and economic support. Dr. Ledet’s personal journey as well as his activism and philanthropy has been featured on People Magazine, the Steve Harvey Show, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, The Kelly Clarkson Show, CNN, MSNBC, and Good Morning America, amongst others. Dr. Ledet is currently in a triple-board residency at Indiana University in pediatrics, adult psychiatry, and child and adolescent psychiatry, focusing on mental health accessibility for marginalized communities. Dr. Ledet is the first Black male Triple Board resident at Indiana University, and the only Black man to match Triple Board in 2022. He is a husband of 17 years to Mallory Alise, and the father of two little girls, Maleah Ann and Mahlina Abri.
As Global Medical Affairs Leader for Janssen Therapeutics, Dr. Bryan Baugh is responsible for monitoring projects in sexually-transmitted Infections and therapeutics in respiratory infections; and leading the clinical-commercial optimization of product development and life cycle management strategies and plans in the field of infectious diseases and vaccines. Prior to this position, he was the US Medical Director for PREZISTA, an HIV Protease Inhibitor used to treat HIV, and SIRTURO, the first TB therapy in 40 years and first-approved medicine to treat multi-drug resistant TB, at Janssen Therapeutics, the Infectious Diseases franchise of Johnson & Johnson. As Medical Director, Bryan’s primary responsibility was to support the implementation of clinical affairs strategies for PREZITA and SITURO in the US and globally. In both positions at Janssen Therapeutics, he provides clinical affairs support across brands, coordinates and supervises research committee meetings and advisory boards, and is the key company contact for safety issues. Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, Dr. Baugh was employed by Roche Pharmaceuticals as a Virology HIV Medical Liaison. His territory included Washington, DC; and regions in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. In this role he helped to coordinate and support investigator-initiated studies and provided HIV background and training to Roche internal and external audiences. Prior to that, he was the Director of HIV Services and a staff physician at the Max Robinson Center of the Whitman Walker Clinic in Washington, DC. At Whitman Walker, he provided healthcare to a large number of HIV-infected patients and implemented new patient care initiatives including a walk-in men’s STD clinic. Dr. Baugh earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Ohio at Toledo. He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC. He earned his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Chemistry at Howard University in Washington, DC. Dr. Baugh’s clinical interests include studying medical conditions and issues that adversely affect disenfranchised populations, bridging health disparity gaps, and developing strategies/technologies to combat illnesses in developing countries. He is an active member of the J&J affinity groups, the Gay & Lesbian Organization for Business & Leadership (GLOBAL), and the African American Leadership Council (AALC). He is an active member of the Board of Directors for the Hyacinth AIDS Foundation and Life Ties, Inc.
Mr. Larry Harrison was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Children's Hospital Los Angeles Medical Group in March 2014. The Children's Hospital Los Angeles Medical Group is the largest pediatric multispecialty medical group in the United States Mr. Harrison has more than three decades of experience as a healthcare executive including his service as Chief Executive of Scripps Clinic and Scripps Medical Foundation in San Diego for fifteen years. In that role, he oversaw the operations of all Scripps Clinic regional facilities. Prior to his appointment to his San Diego position, Mr. Harrison was Executive Director of Cleveland Clinic Florida Health Network and later Executive Vice President of HealthCare Partners in Los Angeles, California. Mr. Harrison holds a Master's degree in Public Health from The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, a Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from Michigan State University. Mr. Harrison has served as Co-Chair of the Champions of Health Awards in L.A. in 2018 and 2019. He is a member of the NMF Board of Directors.
Dr. Sandra B. Nichols is the Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Health Inclusion and Community Engagement for UnitedHealth Group. She was previously the Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of National Inpatient Care Management for UnitedHealthcare, Chief Medical Officer of Northeast Region, Chief Medical Officer of the West and National Medical Director of Clinical Performance for UnitedHealthcare -AmeriChoice. Dr. Sandra Nichols has more than 20 years of increasingly responsible roles in public health, health care, medical education and medical management. She has served as Director and Commission of the Arkansas Department of Health, and as a Cabinet Secretary and Board of Health Member in the administrations of two Arkansas Governors –Jim Guy Tucker and Mike Huckabee. Dr. Nichols has previously held the position of CEO for Amerigroup, District of Columbia and Virginia. Dr. Nichols is a graduate of Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri where she received her BA in Chemistry. She is also a graduate of Tennessee State University with an MS in Biology, and she is a graduate of the University Of Arkansas School Of Medical Science where she received her medical degree, served as Chief Resident and completed a fellowship in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, Center for Disease Control and Prevention Public Health Leadership Institute. Dr. Sandra Nichols graduated in 2015 from Dartmouth College with a Master’s Degree in Health Care Delivery Science. She is a fellow in American Academy of Family Practice. Dr. Sandra Nichols has received many awards and citations. She is one of the 2013 recipients of The Daily Record Maryland’s Top 100 Women awards and a 2011 recipient of the Washington Business Journal’s ”Women Who Mean Business Award”. In 2009, she graduated from the UnitedHealth Group Leadership Program. She was named one of the Top 25 Minority Executives in Health Care by Modern Health Care Magazine in 2006, and received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Columbia College in 2006, and a 2005 National Congress of Black Women, Inc. award recipient. In addition, she is the recipient of the National FBI Community Leadership Award, Talented Tenth Award, the Eta Phi Beta Vision of Excellence Award and the Public Health Leadership Institute Scholar Award. Dr. Sandra Nichols currently serves on numerous boards and organizations. She serves as the Board Chair for National Medical Fellowships and serves on the board of Community Health Charities. In addition she has also served on the Harvard Medical School Division of Sleep Medicine Executive Council, Robert Woods Johnson Foundation Southern Rural Access Board, Mercantile Bank Board and Board of Trustees for Columbia College. She was appointed in 2012 by Kathleen Sibelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services and served a four year term on the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice of the Health Resources and Services Administration. Dr. Nichols is the United Health Foundation business sponsor for the Diverse Scholar Initiative. She is a published author of articles and a textbook chapter.