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9.23.2014

Leader in Eliminating Health Disparities Named on Top 100 Under 50 List

Olveen Carrasquillo, M.D., M.P.H., professor of medicine and public health sciences, Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Director of Community Engagement at the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), has been named one of Diversity MBA Magazine’s Top 100 Under 50 Diverse Leaders.

Selected from 300 highly competitive applicants, the list, which also includes emerging leaders, represents top talent from Fortune 500 companies, healthcare organizations, non-profit agencies and educators.

“Diversity has always been a highly valued principle for me and my colleagues at the University of Miami,” Carrasquillo said. “I’m thrilled to be recognized with this award from Diversity MBA.”

Carrasquillo and the other honorees were recognized at the September 16 Executive Leadership Conference and Awards Gala at the Double Tree by Hilton in Oak Brook, Illinois, where experts also gathered for guest lectures, multidisciplinary roundtables and workshops.

A national leader in health disparities, Carrasquillo’s work has made an indelible impact on the communities he serves. In 2010, along with Erin Kobetz, Ph.D., M.P.H., associate professor of public health sciences and Director of the Community Engagement Program at the CTSI, he established the South Florida Center for Reducing Cancer Disparities, also known as SUCCESS. The Center supports a number of campus-community partnerships, which facilitate meaningful collaboration between University investigators and community stakeholders to address issues of health disparity.

Last month, he and his colleagues were awarded $1.9 million from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities for the Hispanic Secondary Stroke Prevention Initiative to improve stroke prevention methods for Hispanics, who are disproportionately affected by the nation’s fourth leading cause of death.

A native of Puerto Rico, Carrasquillo has received extensive recognition for his contributions to minority healthcare, including the Society of General Internal Medicine’s prestigious Herbert W. Nickens Award.

As a member of the exclusive Top 100 Under 50 club, Carrasquillo also will be featured in the 2014 Fall Issue of Diversity MBA Magazine.

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