Dr. James E.K. Hildreth
President and CEO, Meharry Medical College
Hildreth is one of the nation’s most prominent voices on health disparities. In 2020, he played an integral role in securing a $100 million gift from Bloomberg Philanthropies to aid the nation’s four historically Black medical schools help eliminate debt for Black students. Under his leadership, Meharry recruited more than 300 minority participants for Novavax’s COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial. Hildreth was also named to President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 task force. And in 2021, the college announced a new school of data science and biomedical data science to promote more diversity in that field and create a pipeline of experts who can feed information into population health efforts.