For more than five years, Ayotunde Dokun, MD, PhD, has been the chair of the Endocrine Section of the National Medical Association (NMA), the largest and oldest national organization representing African American physicians and their patients. Among his many responsibilities in this professional society is organizing the annual continuing medical education program in diabetes at the NMA annual convention and scientific assembly.
At the NMA’s most recent assembly in late July, Dokun was able to secure the participation of a distinguished guest, United States Surgeon General Jerome Adams, MD, MPH. For two years, Adams has served as the nation’s twentieth person to hold the position, which reports to the Assistant Secretary for Health within the Department of Health and Human Services.
Adams was one of two speakers Dokun invited to address nearly 400 internists and primary care providers from across the country at this year’s NMA convention. Pictured with Dokun and Adams are Dr. Rasheed Balogun, current chair of NMA’s Internal Medicine Section, and Dr. Anthony Ibe, chair of the Family Medicine Section.