AMA Foundation honors SPHTM alumnus Byron D. Hughes with Leadership Award

Byron D. Hughes has been named a recipient of the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation’s 2012 Leadership Award. This award provides medical students, residents/fellows and early career physicians from around the country with special training to develop their skills as future leaders in organized medicine and community affairs.


The AMA Foundation honored 30 individuals with Leadership Awards at its annual Excellence in Medicine Awards ceremony, which was presented in association with Pfizer Inc on February 13, 2012 in Washington D.C. Recipients of the award are recognized for demonstrating outstanding non-clinical leadership skills in advocacy, community service and education.


AMA Foundation President Dr. Owen Garrick presided over the awards ceremony and praised the Leadership Award recipients, stating, “These dedicated medical students, residents and physicians are deeply committed to transforming their communities and improving the health of their neighbors. Our hope is that celebrating the efforts of these medical leaders will inspire us all to give back to our communities, as they have done.”

Byron D. Hughes, MPH, is first-year medical student at Georgetown University School of Medicine, pursuing a career in medicine and public health. Mr. Hughes received his Masters Degree from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in 2010. Mr. Hughes's interests include addressing the root causes of social injustices, including health and educational inequities, both of which have associations with community violence. As a graduate student, Mr. Hughes was selected to participate in the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Program and the Maternal and Child Public Health Leadership Training Program, among other service programs and student leadership positions. He currently continues to serve in the capacity of a student leader at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Presently, Mr. Hughes is completing an internship with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials focusing on its Presidential Challenge, The Healthy Babies Initiative, to develop and formulate a national strategy to reduce premature births and infant mortality in the United States.

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March 12, 2012


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