the association of black cardiologists, spirit of the heart awards, lamman rucker

The Association of Black Cardiologists To Host Annual “Spirit of The Heart” Awards in New York
Celebration to honor individuals and organizations advancing the field of cardiology and health equity

*New York, N.Y. –  The Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC) announce the 6th Annual “Spirit of the Heart” Awards Dinner on October 3rd at Cipriani 42nd Street (110 E. 42nd Street- NY, NY 10017) – 7pm (Media Hour – 6-7pm).

The annual celebration will honor individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the field of cardiology and advancement in health equity by eliminating cardiovascular disease disparities in the delivery of healthcare to the community.

Celebrity Screen Actor, Lamman Rucker will emcee the prestigious event chaired by Edward Lewis, Publisher and Co-Founder of Essence Magazine.  Performances by Vocalist Avery Wilson; NBC ‘The Voice’ Alum and recently signed artist by Mega Producer Clive Davis.

Lamman Rucker

Lamman Rucker

Notable industry leaders, patient advocates, celebrities and allied healthcare professionals are confirmed to attend. 

The annual awards dinner serves as a celebration of life with proceeds supporting ABC’s “Spirit of the Heart” community outreach; providing resources and activities for heart disease prevention. Ongoing education of underrepresented minorities in the field of cardiology will also be supported through an annual ABC fellowship award.

Award recipients include: 

Dr. Jennifer H. Mieres; Nuclear Cardiologist; Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer of North Shore-LIJ Health System’s Office of Community and Public Health; Professor of Cardiology & Population Health – Hofstra North Shore – LIJ School of Medicine (Dr. Walter M. Booker, Sr. Health Promotion Award) 

Dr. Gbenga Ogedegbe; Professor of Population Health and Medicine; Director, Division of Health and Behavior; Director, Center for Healthful Behavior Change – NYU Global Institute of Public Health (Dr. Daniel D. Savage Memorial Science Award)

Dr. N. Anthony Coles; Chairman and CEO of  Yumanity Therapeutics (ABC BioPharma Leadership Award) 

Novartis (ABC Spirit of the Heart Health Equity Award)

Aetna Foundation (ABC Spirit of the Heart Health Promotion Award)

Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (ABC Spirit of the Heart Award) 

The Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC), founded in 1974, has taken a leadership role in promoting the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease including stroke in blacks and other minorities and achieving health equity for all through the elimination of disparities in all people of color.  ABC represents an international membership of 1,500 health professionals, community lay members, corporate and institutional members dedicated to this cause. 

For information on the “Spirit of Heart” Awards and the Association of Black Cardiologists, visit





Hope Allen
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