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Creighton Doctor Named Academy’s Physician of the Year

Sade Kosoko-Lasaki, M.D., associate vice president for Health Sciences -Multicultural and Community Affairs at Creighton University School of Medicine, has been named physician of the year in surgery by the American Academy of Specialists in Surgery, an affiliate of American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.

Kosoko-Lasaki, a professor and chief of ophthalmology and professor of preventive medicine and public health at Creighton, was honored for her contributions to the growth, recognition and leadership of the academy. The award was presented at a recent AAPS Meeting in McLean, Va.

At Creighton, Kosoko-Lasaki has helped create and direct programs aimed at reducing ethnic disparities in the availability of health care as well as health career opportunities. She has lectured nationally and internationally on cultural proficiency and health disparity issues, focusing on the promotion of “pipeline programs” that prepare and support disadvantaged students from elementary school through college so they can become successful health care providers.

She is co-author of “Maintaining the Target Intraocular Pressure: African American Glaucoma Specialists” and "Cultural Proficiency in Addressing Health Disparities".