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Meet the Finalists of ABC’s 2020 Dr. Jay Brown
Best Abstract Competition
The ABC is pleased to announce the internal medicine resident and cardiology fellows who were selected as finalists for this year’s Dr. Jay Brown Best Abstract Competition:
  • Oluremi Ajala, MD, Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard University
  • Courtney Bess, MD, Emory University School of Medicine
  • Mary Branch, MD, Wake Forest Baptist Health Hospital
  • Adebamike Oshunbade, MD, University of Mississippi Medical Center
These finalists will present their original scientific research at ABC’s Annual Fellows program during a virtual session, moderated by Kevin F. Kwaku, MD, PhD, ABC Fellows Committee Co-Chair. T. David Gbadebo, MD, ABC Fellows Committee Co-Chair, and Norrisa Haynes, MD, MPH, ABC Fellows Representative to the Board of Directors will give opening and closing remarks. All healthcare professionals involved in the delivery of cardiovascular care are invited, with a particular emphasis on early career physicians interested in learning ways to enhance their professional standing. The virtual competition will be webcast on September 19, 2020. The winner will receive a $1,000 cash award.

Spotlight: Brief Slide Show

Interesting Fact: The 2019 Dr. Jay Brown Best Abstract Competition winner, Dr. Alexis Okoh, recently published research from the winning abstract in the ESC Heart Failure journal in July of this year. Read the open access published work to see what it takes to win ABC’s Dr. Jay Brown Best Abstract Competition: Racial disparities and outcomes of left ventricular assist device implantation as a bridge to heart transplantation.

Welcome To A New ABC Life Member
Kevin F. Kwaku, MD, PhD
ABC Fellows Committee Co-Chair
Director, Cardiac Electrophysiology,
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center,
Assistant Professor of Medicine,
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

"I’ve chosen to pursue Life Membership with the ABC for one overarching reason: I profoundly believe in its mission. I decry healthcare disparities at all levels, and by virtue of training and experience know that there is much progress yet to be made in Cardiovascular Medicine. To achieve this goal we must do all we can to successfully attract, develop, retain and promote high caliber Black talents in our field. The mentorship, networking, education and advocacy afforded by the ABC does just that. I chose Life Membership because I want to support and give back to our ABC Family, for the sake of our patients and our profession, present and future."

Click here to view other ABC Life members
who have made the commitment.

Become A Life Member
If you are also passionate about making a lifelong commitment to eliminate health disparities with the ABC, we invite you to become a Life Member!

Contact Katrese Phelps McCullum today at for additional information.

ABC celebrates all the internal medicine residents who graduated and have started the first year of their fellowships, the fellows who have successfully completed their training and graduated into a second fellowship as well as those who are now embarking upon their careers as newly trained cardiologists in private practice, at academic and research institutions, hospital networks and public health organizations.

Isla Babs Animashaun, MD
Graduated from the General Cardiology Fellowship at Morristown Medical Center.

Dr. Animashaun continues at the same institution as an Advanced Imaging Fellow in Echo/CT/MRI.

Mary Branch, MD, MS
Graduated with a Masters of Science in Clinical and Population Translational Science during a cardiology fellowship at Wake Forest Baptist Health.

Dr. Branch is currently in her second clinical year of a Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship at the same institution.

Analise Douglas, MD
Graduated from the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.

Dr. Douglas now begins the Cardiovascular Fellowship Program at the University of Connecticut-Hartford Hospital.

Ijeoma Ezeife, MBBS
Graduated from a General Cardiology Fellowship at Morristown Medical Center.

Dr. Ezeife is going into private practice in Maryland.

Olubadewa A. Fatunde, MD, MPH
Graduated from Internal Medicine Resident Program at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler and CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Medical Center

Dr. Fatunde now begins the Cardiovascular Diseases Fellowship Program at the Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education in Arizona.

Brittney Heard, MD
Graduated from Basic Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program at the University of Virginia. Served as Co-Chief Fellow.

Dr. Heard is continuing at the same institution in the Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship Program.

Dapo Iluyomade, MD
Graduated from the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship program at the University of Miami - Jackson Memorial Hospital. Served as Chief Cardiology Fellow for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Dr. Iluyomade now joins the preventive/non-invasive cardiology division at the University of Miami Hospital and Clinics.

Alana A. Lewis, MD
Graduated from the Cardiology Fellowship Training Program at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Dr. Lewis now joins the Division of Cardiology at Northwestern University Department of Medicine as "Assistant Professor of Medicine.

Gbolahan Ogunbayo, MD
Graduated from the General Cardiology Fellowship (2019) and Interventioal Clinical Cardiology Fellowship (2020) at University of Kentucky College of Medicine and Gill Heart and Vascular Institute. Dr. Ogunbayo published about 60 papers during his fellowship.

Dr. Ogunbayo continues at the same institution as faculty and assistant professor.

Adebola Ogunsakin, MBBS
Graduated from the Internal Medicine Resident Program at University at Buffalo.

Dr. Ogunsakin now begins the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine.

Temitope O. Akinjogbin, MD, MSc
Graduated from Geriatric Medicine fellowship at the Division of Geriatric Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Dr. Akinjogbin now joins the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program at the University of Florida Health Jacksonville.

Sade A. Solola, MD
Graduated from the Internal Medicine Residency Program at the Tucson Campus, University of Arizona College of Medicine.

Dr. Solola now joins the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program at Brown University.

Nene Ugoeke, MD, MPH
Graduated from Cardiology fellowship from the Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune New Jersey.

Dr. Ugoeke now joins the Interventional Cardiology Fellowship at The Rutgers-Hackensack New Jersey Medical School.

Anezi Uzendu, MD
Graduated from a cardiology fellowship at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

Dr. Uzendu now begins an Interventional Cardiology Fellowship at Harvard Mass General Hospital.

As a survivor of cardiac arrest, he runs a foundation, Make BLS Basic, teaching BLS to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People Of Color) communities.

Gbolahan Ogunbayo, MD
Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky
College of Medicine and Gill Heart and Vascular Institute

"I am a member of ABC, a society that has given more to me than any other since I started my professional journey in the United States. They supported me financially, allowing me to attend a lot of the major national conferences to present my work and research. One of the main goals of the society is reducing disparities in healthcare. Since joining, I have learned so much about the huge gap in healthcare delivery in the U.S. If you are passionate about healthcare disparities, please consider joining us."

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Continue Your Investment in 2020 Today!
The ABC is here for you! We value our ABC members so we strive to offer benefits and rewards that are essential to your career advancement and patient education.

Help us continue our growth and further our commitment to "Promote the Prevention and Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease, including Stroke, in Blacks and other Minorities and to Achieve Health Equity for all through the Elimination of Disparities."

If you have not activated your 2020 membership, we encourage you to renew today! Not a member? We welcome you to join our ABC family!

To join/renew online click here or remit payment by mail to Association of Black Cardiologists, Inc. – 2400 N Street, NW, Suite 200; Washington, DC 20037.


Now Accepting Applications
Dr. Richard Allen Williams Scholarship
for Medical Students

Less than 10 days to apply for the Association of Black Cardiologists’s Dr. Richard Allen Williams Scholarship for African American and other minority medical students (1st through 4th year), who show promise in medical research, cardiology, and academic medicine. This scholarship honors Richard Allen Williams, MD, FACC, FAHA, founder of the Association of Black Cardiologists and was created to promote diversity in medicine, encourage commitment to eliminating health care disparities and support future cardiologists while helping to alleviate medical student debt. $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to recipients in honor of Dr. Richard Allen Williams. Winners will be announced by September 25, 2020.

Questions: Katrese Phelps McCullum at

Deadline to submit: August 28, 2020


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