Dr. Lewis Wade Sullivan is a distinguished American physician and public health advocate with a remarkable career in medicine and healthcare policy. He obtained his Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree from the Boston University School of Medicine and earned a Master of Public Health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health.

In 1975, Dr. Sullivan made history by becoming the founding dean and director of the Morehouse School of Medicine. Under his leadership, the institution focused on providing quality healthcare education to minority students and addressing health disparities within underserved communities.

Dr. Sullivan was appointed to serve as the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in 1989. He was the first Black man to hold this position, overseeing a vast portfolio that included public health, social services, and health research.

During his tenure at HHS, Dr. Sullivan played a pivotal role in addressing crucial health issues, including the emerging HIV/AIDS epidemic.

He later co-founded the Sullivan Alliance to Transform the Health Professions, an organization dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion in the health professions and served as the chair of the National Health Museum and as a member of various international health organizations

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