Executive Leadership Diversity Summit

Since 2012, Vituity has hosted the Executive Leadership Diversity Summit during the ACEP Scientific Assembly. The Summit was founded as a networking opportunity to celebrate the growing diversity in the field of emergency medicine. In 2018, ACEP created the Diversity, Inclusion and Health Equity section, and together, we partner to celebrate the diverse leaders in emergency medicine each year.

Medical Professionals

Vituity & ACEP Diversity Leadership Scholarship

In lieu of hosting the Diversity Summit in 2021, Vituity, in conjunction with ACEP, is proud to announce a scholarship for emergency medicine (EM) residents and EM-bound medical students who express a passion for leadership and healthcare transformation.

Nominations must be submitted by a mentor, peer, or supervisor (not family-related) of the student or resident candidate. Candidates may not nominate themselves. Candidate submissions are accepted through January 31, 2022.

Diversity is in our DNA

Our commitment to achieve diversity, foster inclusion, and champion accountability at all levels is at the heart of our organization and the heart of better care for the communities we serve.

Read how Vituity is bringing lasting change.

2021 Dr. Wes Curry Awards

The Dr. Wes Curry Emergency Medicine Diversity Leadership Honor was created in 2018 to recognize emergency medicine physicians and administrators who have demonstrated excellence in leadership, collaboration, innovation and culture. Nominations are accepted from academic and community institutions, for individuals holding national, regional or community leadership roles.

The award is named for Wesley Curry, MD, FACEP, who cofounded the Executive Leadership Diversity Summit, served as Chief Executive Officer of Vituity for 19 years, and served in many industry leadership roles. Dr. Curry is an inspiring leader and mentor to many leaders in emergency medicine.

2021 honorees were announced at the Diversity Section meeting at ACEP21.

Award in Executive Leadership

Ugo Ezenkwele MD, MPH, FACEP
  • "Leadership diversity leads to teams with greater depth and breadth of experience and perspective. By having these valuable perspectives, we are able to attract and retain top talent, have a higher chance of seeing positive change, create more opportunities for growth and innovation, and maximize learning while continually transforming your organization.”

  • - Ugo Ezenkwele MD, MPH, FACEP
    Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Mount Sinai Queens (NY) Department of Emergency Medicine

Christopher Smith, MD, FACEP
  • "Having diverse leadership is paramount to the success of any organization. Having competent, diverse leaders are particularly important in the realm of healthcare, where decisions can affect the lives and livelihood of the patients we serve. Diverse leadership leads to a diversity of thought – and novel ideas to elevate any enterprise – leading to overall better care for our patients.” 

  • - Christopher Smith, MD, FACEP
    Assistant Medical Director, Howard University Hospital

Award in Social Justice

Italo M. Brown, MD, MPH
  • "Ethnic minorities bear the major burden of illness and historically have worse health outcomes. As healthcare organizations shift focus to eliminating health disparities, it is essential to have diverse backgrounds and perspectives represented at all levels of leadership. Increased diversity among our healthcare leadership translates into innovative, culturally-informed solutions. This is how we get out of the blind spot and move the needle on health disparities.”

  • - Italo M. Brown, MD, MPH
    Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine Stanford School of Medicine

Past Recipients


Dr. Wes Curry Leadership Award

  • Maureen Bell, MD - Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Howard University Hospital
  • Heather Prendergrast, MD, MS, MPH, FACEP - Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs, Vice Chair of Academic Affairs at the University of Illinois College of Medicine

Dr. Wes Curry Award in Social Justice

  • Michael McGee, MD - Chief of emergency medicine and EMS director at Methodist Hospitals Emergency Services in Gary and Merrillville, IN
  • Rob Gore, MD - Executive Director, KAVI


Dr. Wes Curry Leadership Award

  • Esther Choo, MD, MPH - Emergency Physician and Professor at the Oregon Health & Science University
  • Pascal Crosley, DO - Vice President of Practice Development, Vituity
  • Nicole Franks, MD - Chief Quality Officer at Emory University Hospital Midtown
  • Marcus Martin, MD - VP & Chief Officer for Diversity, University of Virginia School of Medicine
  • Derek J. Robinson, MD, MBA - Vice President – Enterprise Quality and Accreditation at Health Care Service Corporation


Dr. Wes Curry Leadership Award

  • Sheryl Heron, MD - Professor of Emergency Medicine, Vice-Chair of Faculty Equity, Engagement and Empowerment for Emergency Medicine. Emory University
  • David Trotter, MD - Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center