Gladney Diversity Award

The John H. Gladney Diversity Award was established to recognize and celebrate support for diversity in the Saint Louis University School of Medicine.

The award is named after John H. Gladney, M.D., former chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology. Gladney was the first African-American to hold the position of chairman of a basic science clinical department at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine.

Gladney received a Bachelor of Arts from Talladega College, in Talladega, Alabama, and his medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. Gladney did his medical training at Homer G. Phillips Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri; Hines Veterans Administration Hospital in Hines, Illinois; and at the University of Chicago.

He was recognized by the National Medical Association for being one of a select few physicians who practiced for more than 50 years.

The Diversity Award is given annually to a fourth-year Saint Louis University medical student who has contributed significantly to the promotion and enhancement of diversity in the medical school. Criteria such as academic performance, extracurricular and community activities, demonstrated leadership, organizational and committee involvement, and domestic or international externships are used to select the recipient.

Past Gladney Award Recipients

2016
Jeremy Goss, M.D.
Harvard University, Research Fellow in Surgery

2015
Sean Smith, M.D.
Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

2014
Jennifer Ray, M.D.
Loyola University Medical Center, Internal Medicine

2013
George Hanna, M.D.
Loma Linda University, Neurological Surgery

2012
Tukisa Smith, M.D.
SUNY HSC Brooklyn, Internal Medicine

2011
Ama Karikari, M.D.
University of Arkansas - Little Rock, Pediatrics

2010
Jia Shen, M.D.
Emory University School of Medicine, Internal Medicine

2009
Ghassan Mohsen, M.D.
Saint Louis University Hospital, Internal Medicine

2008
Bessevelyn Tables, M.D.
Mercy Hospital, Family Medicine

2008
Ivy Lawson, M.D.
Saint Louis University Hospital, Diagnostic Radiology

2007
Maame Aba Coleman, M.D.
Baylor College of Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology

2006
Sonni Elliott, M.D.
University of Illinois College of Medicine

2005
Janine Pettiford, M.D.
Baylor University

2004
Lashonda Williams, M.D.
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, General Surgery

2003
Deidra Crews, M.D.
Johns Hopkins University, Internal Medicine - Nephrology

2002
James Stewart III, M.D.
Howard University, Orthopedic Surgery

2001
Janet Williams, M.D.
Kaiser Permanente, Obstetrics and Gynecology

2000
Meredith Webb, M.D.
George Washington University, Internal Medicine Critical Care