Fierce Healthcare's 2021 Most Influential Minority Executives in Healthcare

The winners of Fierce Healthcare's Most Influential Minority Executives in Healthcare Awards
(Graphic by David La Cava)

It is often among the most historic challenges that some of the best stories of creativity and resiliency emerge.

If that's true, the last year has given plenty of opportunity in the field of healthcare — and its leaders rose to the occasion.

We have seen impressive innovation in the face of need, such as the discovery that the antiviral remdesivir can help treat symptoms in COVID-19 patients, as led by Providence's George Diaz, M.D., an infectious diseases provider.

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We saw leaders spearhead novel COVID-19 testing solutions and scholarship around strategies to get people back to work by leaders such as Color's Chief Science Officer Alicia Zhou. 

In the wake of the killing of George Floyd by a Minnesota police officer, we saw individuals such as former Obama administration adviser Anton J. Gunn facilitate safe conversations with health system employees, as well as offering a masterclass for healthcare executives to better equip them to become allies for racial justice in the workplace.

Amid the harsh spotlight of social and racial inequities highlighted by the uneven impact of the pandemic, we saw leaders such as Ro's Chief Medical Officer Melynda Barnes launch Ro’s in-home vaccination program to reach vulnerable and at-risk New Yorkers, including the elderly, disabled, homebound and those living with serious risk factors or chronic conditions.

We honor each of these leaders today that had a unique influence on the healthcare industry in the last year. And while the industry continues to grapple with a lack of racial and gender diversity at its highest levels of leadership, we aim to shine a spotlight on some of the critical contributions made by people of color across health systems, physicians offices, health IT and insurance.

Click below to learn more about our 10 honorees.