Mentor and
              Increase Diverse Leaders
                      in Medicine and Science

Welcome to Leadership Excellence, LLC

It is a pleasure to welcome you to Leadership Excellence, LLC, a commitment to partner with other organizations and institutions to create a diverse workforce of leaders who are dedicated to careers in the biomedical sciences and the medical fields.   The mission of Leadership Excellence, LLC is to help institutions and organizations  nurture, mentor, and increase the numbers of diverse leaders in the health care and biomedical sciences fields. We would be delighted if you would peruse our website and learn about our mission, purpose and services. The focus of our efforts is the development of diverse human capital.

This increase in leadership capacity will be accomplished by:

1. Development of leaders to address diversity and inclusion health equity issues
2. Mentoring and nurturing of future minority leaders from diverse backgrounds
3. Assistance in the development of diversity and inclusion programs in the biomedical sciences and in medicine
4. Evaluation of institutional diversity and inclusion programs
5. Collaboration with institutions and organizations on strategic planning initiatives

We look forward to hearing from you.

  Strategic Planning Initiatives

    University of Texas Medical School at Houston

   Medical School addresses diversity in retreat 

In a Diversity and Inclusion Retreat in January, the Medical School community took a broad approach to the topics, addressing issues at the student, faculty, and staff level.  Dr. George Hill, president of Leadership Excellence, LLC and former assistant vice chancellor for multicultural affairs and dean for diversity
of medical education at Vanderbilt University, not only gave the guest lecture but also wrote a report on his findings on diversity at the Medical School to present to the Dean
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   Medical School creates new diversity office

Seeking to meet the needs of all students, faculty, and staff, Dean Giuseppe Colasurdo has created a new Dean’s Office, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.  “While diversity has always been a cornerstone of our medical school’s foundation, this new office will codify its place in our educational environment,” Dean Colasurdo said  Read More

  In the NEWS

Vanderbilt mourns loss of Levi Watkins Jr., M.D., pioneer of medicine and champion of racial equality

Levi Watkins Jr., M.D. was a renowned cardiac surgeon, champion of racial equality and diversity, and the first African-American to be admitted to and graduate from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 1970. He was a leader with courage, character, commitment and conviction who changed Vanderbilt.

Bias, Black Lives, and Academic Medicine: A Challenge to the Medical and Public Health Communities
The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), one of the most pretigious peer-reviewed medical journals in the country, lends its clout to a larger conversation about addressing issues of racism in the health care system.

Two articles published in NEJM implore medical professionals to do their part to further racial justice in America. The first Basset full text, focuses on raising awareness about the implicit biases embedded in the health care system that end up deepening racial disparities. The second Ansell and McDonald full text urges health care workers to get more involved on the front lines of fighting for black lives.

Academic Medicine and Social Justice - Darrell G.Kirch, M.D. President and CEO of the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC)

The AAMC has developed a robust research initiative in health equity to support our medical schools and teaching hospitals in identifying practical solutions to improve the health of their communities. Social justice is a core tenant of medical ethics. By donning their white coats and declaring that black lives matter, medical students embodied the principles of trust and humanistic care that the white coat represents. Our medical students have shown themselves to be empathic, engaged, and resilient in the face of deep-rooted social problems. 

  New MCAT - A Better Test for Tomorrow's Doctors

Designed to help better prepare future physicians for the rapidly advancing and transforming health care system, the new Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) was launched on April 17, 2015. Changes to the MCAT exam preserve what works best about past exams and focuses on concepts an skills tomorrow's doctors will need.

Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities to address crucial healthcare problem in United States

Springer has launched with the W. Montague Cobb/National Medical Association (NMA) Health Institute the Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities., which will report on the scholarly progress of work to understand, address and ultimately eliminate health disparities based on race and ethnicity. The underlying causes of racial and ethnic health disparities, and interventions to address these disparities, will be featured. Original articles, “evolutionary” reviews presenting the state-of-the-art thinking on problems centered on health disparities, and review articles of timely interest will be published. Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of Connecticut is the founding editor-in-chief. 
Student National Medical Association (SNMA)

SNMA is committed to supporting current and future underrepresented minority medical students, addressing the needs of underserved communities, and increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent and socially conscious physicians. SNMA programs are designed to serve the health needs of underserved communities and communities of color. In addition, SNMA is dedicated both to ensuring that medical education and services are culturally sensitive to the needs of diverse populatiions and to incresing the number of diverse populations and to increasing the number of African-American, Latino, and other students of color entering and completing medical school.
amed-news National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Research Supplements

The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) as well as other institutes of NIH offer Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research for Undergraduate Students.  Other supplements are also available from most institutes for graduate and medical students and junior faculty who desire research experience or mentoring in research from NIH funded researchers.