Black History Month - Louis Wade Sullivan
Louis Wade Sullivan began his revolutionary medical career as the only Black student in his class at the Boston University School of Medicine. He then established and served as president of the Morehouse School of Medicine in 1975, which became the first predominantly Black medical school in the 20th century United States. When he retired in 2002, Sullivan received the title of president emeritus.
Beginning in 1989, he acted as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under former President George H. W. Bush, a position where he led the country's reform efforts in healthcare public policy. Sullivan was the first African American to hold this title. At the end of his term in 1993, he returned to his position as dean of Morehouse School of Medicine.
Currently, Sullivan serves as the CEO and chairman of the Sullivan Alliance, a non-profit organization he created in 2005 to increase diversity within the nation's healthcare industry. He continues to work in the medical community as an advocate for increasing minority representation. As we celebrate Dr. Sullivan and his groundbreaking achievements, we continue to honor leading Black healthcare workers this month.