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Kosoko-Lasaki Receives John P. Schlegel, S.J., Diversity Award

Sade Kosoko‐Lasaki, M.D., associate vice president of Creighton University’s Health Sciences Multicultural and Community Affairs Office and professor of ophthalmology in the Creighton School of Medicine, has earned the John P. Schlegel, S.J., Diversity Award for Excellence & Innovation.

The award, presented Jan. 16 as part of Creighton’s weeklong celebration of the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr, recognizes individuals who advance diversity at Creighton.

Dr. Kosoko‐Lasaki has expertise as an educator, clinician and researcher. In each of her roles, she identifies and cultivates talented students capable of great success in the health sciences. She has helped lead the way at Creighton in training and developing leaders who will serve the needs of an increasingly multicultural community.

Her insight and experience have helped frame the policies and ethics of many Creighton programs. She has also encouraged the promotion of health and health equality to foster culturally sensitive, community‐based research to address health disparities nationally and internationally.

In addition, Dr. Kosoko‐Lasaki is the author of a book on African‐American ophthalmologists and another on cultural proficiency issues. She continues to do research in ophthalmology and perform surgeries. She is responsible for a "glaucoma van," a mobile community resource for glaucoma prevention and awareness and for offering free glaucoma clinics in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota, the Dominican Republic and the U.S. Virgin Islands.