Annual Dr. Wes Curry Awards Bestowed at ACEP Executive Leadership Diversity Summit

Published October 27, 2021

Three healthcare champions were recognized for their outstanding contributions to care diversity, equity, and inclusion.

BOSTON, MA (October 26, 2021)—At this week’s annual ACEP Executive Leadership Diversity Summit, the contributions of three clinical leaders were celebrated and recognized with the Dr. Wes Curry Emergency Medicine Diversity Leadership honor. This annual award recognizes innovation, collaboration, and culture building by diverse healthcare leaders.

Since 2012, Vituity, a physician-led and-owned multispecialty partnership, has hosted the Executive Leadership Diversity Summit at the ACEP Scientific Assembly. Created by Wesley Curry, MD, FACEP, and Savoy Brummer, MD, FACEP, the Summit provides a networking opportunity to celebrate the growing diversity in the field of emergency medicine.

Listed below are the 2021 recipients, and the specific honors they received:

Dr. Wes Curry Award 2021 Executive Leadership

  • 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
    • Assistant Medical Director, Howard University Hospital

Dr. Wes Curry Award 2021 Social Justice

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

“Vituity is proud to acknowledge the significant contributions of these three healthcare heroes”, said Savoy Brummer, MD, FACEP. “Throughout their medical careers, they have distinguished themselves as champions for leadership diversity and have had a direct impact on the lives and livelihoods of the patients they serve”.

Dr. Ezenkwele and Dr. Smith were recognized for their contributions to the formation of an enterprise resource group committed to increasing representation and visibility of Black and African American clinicians and employees. They were also acknowledged as being mentors and active participants with the Vituity Cares Foundation, a group of volunteer medical professionals dedicated to ensuring a more equitable future globally. Dr. Brown was celebrated for spearheading the integration of health equity and social justice content into the medical curriculum at Stanford School of Medicine, and for his consulting work helping organizations develop policies and practices in alignment with DEI and social justice.

“It’s always a proud moment each year when we celebrate the accomplishments of today’s diversity trailblazers forging a more equitable path for the benefit of tomorrow’s clinical leaders and their patients”, said Vituity CEO and Vituity Cares Foundation President Imamu Tomlinson, MD, MBA.

About Vituity

For 50 years, Vituity has been raising the standard of care and transforming how, when and where care is delivered. As a physician owned and led multispecialty partnership, our 5,000 doctors and clinicians care for nearly 8 million patients annually across 450 practice locations and nine acute care specialties.

Vituity’s patient focus and commitment to clinical excellence are the driving forces that place us at the heart of better care. Our frontline clinicians and business leaders develop healthcare solutions that improve outcomes for patients and hospitals. Our innovation hub, Inflect Health identifies early-stage health-tech companies and facilitates a connection to physicians for testing and our charitable foundation, Vituity Cares, extends our reach into communities that are most affected by healthcare disparities.

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American College of Emergency Physicians

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