REED V. TUCKSON (1951– ) has dedicated his career to improving the health and well-being of residents of urban communities, particularly minorities and children. Dr. Tuckson is currently the group vice president for professional standards at the American Medical Association. He is also the immediate past president of the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, one of only four historically black medical schools west of the Mississippi. Dr. Tuckson has also served as a senior vice president of the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation and as the commissioner of public health of the District of Columbia. Dr. Tuckson is a member of the Institute of Medicine and has served on advisory committees and boards associated with the Institute of Medicine, the National Black Leadership Institute on Cancer, and other organizations. Awards received by Dr. Tuckson include the Gene Frey award for community service from the Whitman-Walker Clinic in Washington, D.C.

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