Sade Kosoko-Lasaki, M.D., associate vice president for Health Sciences and professor at Creighton University School of Medicine, has been awarded the first annual Louis W. Sullivan Health Leadership Award. The award was presented to Kosoko-Lasaki by the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc. (AAPS) during the 60th House of Delegates and Annual Scientific Meeting held on June 26, in Los Angeles, Calif. The topic of this year's meeting was women's health.
Kosoko-Lasaki was honored for her efforts in increasing the work force by developing the academic abilities of underrepresented students in the health sciences and improving urban and rural public health practice across the United States and around the world. Nominees for the award must have made or be making an outstanding contribution through an initiative to improve the health status of individuals, targeted groups, communities, the nation or internationally.
At Creighton, Kosoko-Lasaki helped create the fee driven premedical, and predental post baccalaureate programs,the first glaucoma screening and prevent blindess initiative in the Midwest. She is the cofounder of The Center for Promoting Health and Health Equality (CPHHE), a community/University collaboration to improve health outcomes in Omaha and the region. She serves as a professor of surgery (ophthalmology) and professor of preventive medicine and public health, and is also a senior physician and investigator with public health and ophthalmology training. Kosoko-Lasaki is co-author of Maintaining the Target Intraocular Pressure: African American Glaucoma Specialists and Cultural Proficiency in Addressing Health Disparities.
The Louis W. Sullivan Health Leadership Award is presented in honor of Louis W. Sullivan, M.D., former Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (1989-1993) and founder of the prestigious Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. Sullivan is currently a public member of the AAPS board of directors and chairman of the board of the National Health Museum in Atlanta.