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Honorees

MONTE OYD HARRIS, MD FACS

Dr. Monte Oyd Harris is an internationally recognized authority in cosmetic facial rejuvenation and hair restoration. Over the past decade, his professional focus has concentrated on addressing the growing epidemic of premature hair loss in women and men.  His clinical practice has experienced high success in treating alopecia and fostering healthy hair care through a multi-modality solution integrating preventive care across the medical and cosmetology communities.

Dr. Harris is revolutionizing haircare by introducing his “Do Good HAIR System”, a new bold approach to hair care integrating the healing traditions of the East and West with Global African aesthetic philosophies.  His head-centered approach includes his signature blend of therapeutic essential oils to stimulate hair growth and calm mental stress, non-invasive and luxurious healing masques for scalp purification.

Board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Dr. Harris graduated Magna Cum Laude from Morehouse College and received his M.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio, where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He furthered his expertise in aesthetic surgery with an additional year-long dedicated fellowship with one of the nation’s leading facial plastic surgeons. His avant-garde approach to beauty and wellness is global in scope and has attracted patients from countries as varied as the United Kingdom, Nigeria, Nova Scotia, and Afghanistan.

Dr. Harris was the co-Founder and creative visionary behind Cultura, the first cosmetic medical spa integrating dermatology, plastic surgery, and spa therapy with niche expertise for individuals with skin of color. He has received numerous business innovation and leadership awards, including being recognized as a Minority Business Leader by the Washington Business Journal and selected as a Top Doctor in Black Enterprise and Washington Post magazines. He currently holds clinical assistant professor appointments at Howard and Georgetown universities and has authored several articles and book chapters focusing on African aesthetics and ethnic facial plastic surgery. He has been a regular, featured guest on a variety of national television, newspaper and magazine outlets, including the Today Show, CNN-Hollywood, TV-One, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Ebony, and Essence.

Dr. Harris is happily married with two young adult children.

ERNEST PAGE, II, MD

Born in Orlando, Florida to Ernest Page ’64 and the late Jacquelyn T Page.  Ernest graduated from Morehouse College in 1992 with honors and a degree in Biology.  He is a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc and was initiated into the PI Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi while at Morehouse serving as Polemarch of the chapter.  He is a proud Thousandaire member of the Morehouse College National Alumni Association.  After graduating from Morehouse, he went on to attend Meharry Medical College.  While at Meharry, he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society graduating in 1996.  Upon leaving Meharry, he went on to do his residency in Emergency Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine.  During his residency, he was chosen as the first Resident of the Year and as Chief Resident.  He was the first African American to be chosen for this role.  He completed his residency in 1999.

 

After completing his residency, Ernest went back to his hometown of Orlando to practice with the independent group, Florida Emergency Physicians.  The group staffs the Emergency Departments of a large 11-hospital healthcare system in Central Florida with a medical staff of about 2,500 physicians.  After two years in practice he was selected as a partner in the group.  He had the distinction of being the youngest person ever chosen as partner in the then 30-year history of the group.  He went on to serve as Director of Emergency Services at his hospital.  At the age of 33, his medical staff colleagues selected him as Chief of Staff.  Again, he was the youngest and the first African American to serve in this role and did so for 4 years.  He has been recognized twice with the ‘Presidents Award’, which is the top award given to a medical staff member who has displayed excellence in the delivery of medical care to patients within the hospital system.  He also received the ‘Teamwork’ value award from his colleagues for his ability to get teams across multiple disciplines to work together to deliver high quality, efficient and safe medical care around the hospital system.

 

He became Executive Vice President in his medical group and was responsible for the group’s finances, operations, human resources, negotiating third party insurance contracts among many other responsibilities.  He was instrumental in growing the group to be one of the largest privately-owned Emergency Medicine groups in the country, having about 250 physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners taking care of about 800,000 patients annually.  In 2016, he helped to negotiate the acquisition of his group by a large publicly owned emergency medicine group.  He currently serves as the Director of Administrative Services in the new entity, having many of the same responsibilities he had prior to the acquisition.  He still does direct patient care along with teaching medical residents.

 

For many years he served on the Board of Directors of the Florida College of Emergency Physicians, which is the professional organization that represented the Emergency Physicians in the State of Florida and is one of the largest state chapters of its kind.  He served as Secretary/Treasurer, Vice President and then at the age of 37, was elected as the youngest President in the history of the organization.  He was the first African American to hold the position in the then 35-year history of the organization.  In this role he did extensive lobbying and advocated for numerous medical issues on the state and federal level. He had success in getting multiple bills passed and many regulations put in place that helped physicians deliver better care to their patients in Florida.  He is still very active in these efforts to this day and has many key legislative contacts on the state and federal levels. 

 

In continuing his service to his specialty, he currently serves as the first African-American President of Florida Emergency Medicine Foundation/Emergency Medicine learning and Resource Center.  This organization serves as the leading provider of education around the state of Florida to Emergency Physicians, medical residents and first responders such as paramedics, fireman and EMT’s.

 

He is also very active in the American College of Emergency Physicians, which is the national professional association for Emergency Physicians.  He currently serves as a Councilor in the organization and helps to set policy along with helping to set the national legislative agenda for the organization. 

 

Outside of medicine, Ernest is involved in numerous business ventures.  He is the owner of NATE Investments, which has commercial real estate holdings.  He is the Managing Director/Owner of KLEBB LLC, which owns and operates pre-school academies that offer a proprietary STEM based curriculum to its students.   He has an ownership stake in Soter Technologies out of New York.  Soter Technologies has a patented vaping detection device that helps school systems and other companies detect vaping in areas where it is prohibited.  They have clients throughout the United States and in 12 countries.  He also has an ownership stake in a regional lab company and has an ownership interest in Solius, a Vitamin D company that allows patients to get treatment through a patented walk-in machine instead of taking medications.

 

Ernest is married to April Page and has 4 children; Nia, Ernest III, Aidan and Ava.

CHARLIE C. ROUSE, MD, FACC

Hard-working, understanding, innovative, and passionate about medicine and people is the epitome of Dr. Charlie C. Rouse.  Born the youngest of 18 in rural Waynesboro, GA, he was set on a different trajectory at a very young age.  Armed with the most powerful human infusion of life, and the belief that life and death is in the power of the tongue, his mother, Zellie Lee Jones Rouse Utley, showered him with these words: “This is my son, he’s going to be something one day.”  Being raised on a farm, cultivated his natural love of nature and plants, while birthing an inquisitive mind to understand why and how things function in their various roles. He would later conclude, that the foundation of his work ethic was based on picking peaches, cotton, watermelon, and peas. 

As Dr. Rouse matured and developed, he began his high school career at the age of 13, at Boggs Academy, a preparatory boarding school in Georgia. It was here he met his soul-mate, Deirdre.  He credits his siblings and wife with being his greatest supporters in all his endeavors. 

A proud alumnus of Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, Dr. Rouse received his Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. As he continued his pursuit to become a physician, he earned a Master of Science in Nutrition Education from Georgia State University, a Doctor of Medicine from East Tennessee State University, completed his residency at Greenville Hospital in Greenville, SC, and a cardiology fellowship at the University of Tennessee-Memphis.

Dr. Rouse began his professional career as a board-certified cardiologist in private practice in 1997 in Carrollton, GA. He became the Chief and Chair of the Cardiology Division of Tanner Medical Center from 1999-2007 (Carrollton, GA). 

Currently, Dr. Rouse is the founder, CEO and President of West Georgia Cardiology Associates, a proactive practice with innovative and preventive strategies for cardiovascular disease. West Georgia Cardiology Associates does not just provide treatment of cardiovascular diseases, but embraces the concept of preventive measures by providing services such as medical massages, Enhanced External Couterpulsation, and weight management.  His philosophy of service to the patient along with the support of a handpicked, knowledgeable team creates excellence in both patient care and clinical results. The success of West Georgia Cardiology  can also be attributed to Dr. Rouse’s commitment to serving the West Georgia community through development and implementation of health fairs, and community events such as the Annual Go For Red Luncheon, the Annual Giving Heart, and celebration of his patients by the Annual 90+ Luncheon recognizing his patients who are 90 years and above just to name a few.

He is also the Founder, President and CEO of CDR Research Inc., a vehicle for enrolling patients in research to provide cutting edge interventions, and co-founder, CEO and President of the Rouse Foundation, a non-profit organization that permits medical missions domestically and internationally. In the past, he has guided medical mission teams in several countries including Honduras, Zambia, Nevis ,and Mexico. Dr. Rouse is founder and President of Jireh CDR, a real estate holding company. He is a member of a number of organizations and has received countless accolades over the years, including the American College of Cardiology, Association of Black Cardiologists, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and a lifetime member of NAACP.  Some highlighted recognitions are most outstanding medical student in internal medicine; Lily Mae Jackson most outstanding PGY1, Sertoma of the Year regional award, and Carroll County NAACP Leadership Award for Civic and Community engagement.  In 2018 Dr. Rouse was chosen, along with his wife, to serve as the grand marshals for the Carroll County People’s Fourth of July Parade. 

In his free time, Dr. Rouse enjoys the outdoors, fishing, writing poetry, collecting antique coins, growing roses, and spending time with his wife and children. He is guided by colloquialisms espoused by his mother: “if you make your bed hard, you’ll lay hard; if you lay down with dogs, you will get up with fleas; a man that stands still will never move; and take the Lord everywhere you go.”

SECRETARY LOUIS WADE SULLIVAN, M.D.

Louis Wade Sullivan was born on November 3, 1933, in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Sullivan served the American people as the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in addition to founding the prestigious Morehouse School of Medicine.

Sullivan graduated from Morehouse College in 1954 with a B.S. in biology. He earned an M.D. from the Boston University School of Medicine in 1958 and completed an internship and residency at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. Sullivan focused on hematology. He began a career in education, teaching at Harvard Medical School and the New Jersey College of Medicine, while researching at the Thorndike Memorial Laboratory. In 1966, he began serving his alma mater as the Co-director of Hematology at Boston University Medical Center. The next year, he founded the Boston University Hematology Service at Boston City Hospital. In 1972, he founded the Greater Boston Morehouse Alumni Association.  He continued as a faculty member at the Boston University School of Medicine until 1975, when he moved back to Atlanta to work for Morehouse College. There, he taught biology and medicine, founding the Medical Education Program at Morehouse College. 

The Morehouse School of Medicine became independent from Morehouse College in 1981, with Sullivan as president and dean. He continued as president through 1989, when he took a leave of absence after being appointed to serve as Secretary of Health and Human Services. As head of HHS, Sullivan's responsibility extended to the health and welfare of the country. He battled the tobacco industry and championed victims of AIDS. In 1993, he left his government post and returned to Morehouse School of Medicine as president. 

Sullivan hosted the public television show "Frontiers of Medicine." He is the founding president of the Association of Minority Health Professions Schools and is active in numerous other civic organizations, including the Boy Scouts of America. He has received dozens of honorary degrees and has been honored by diverse organizations, such as the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the National Association of Minority Medical Educators. He and his wife, E. Ginger Williamson Sullivan, have three children. Secretary Sullivan is proud member of the Alpha Rho Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

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