Dr. Gbenga Ogedebe Honored With Association of Black Cardiologists' Top Award

Population Health faculty member recognized for work in minority and low-income populations

Thursday, September 24 2015

Gbenga Ogedegbe, MD, MS, MPH, FACP

Gbenga Ogedegbe, MD, MS, MPH, FACP

The Association of Black Cardiologists has awarded Gbenga Ogedegbe, MD, MPH, FACP the Dr. Daniel D. Savage Memorial Science Award. This award is ABC’s highest honor and recognizes scientific achievement in the areas of cardiovascular disease and research. Dr. Ogedegbe is being recognized for his implementation of evidence-based behavioral interventions targeted at cardiovascular risk reduction in minority and low-income populations.

The award is named after Daniel D. Savage, MD, PhD, in honor of his life and work. Dr. Savage was heralded by his peers as the first to determine the role of Left Ventricular Hypertrophy (LVH) plays in cardiovascular disease.

Dr. Ogedegbe is a professor of Population Health and Medicine, chief of the Division of Health & Behavior, and director of the NYU Center for Healthful Behavior Change in the Department of Population Health at NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Ogedegbe is also Vice Dean and Chief Medical Officer at the NYU College Global of Public Health.
One of the leading experts on health disparities research, Dr. Ogedegbe’s work focuses on the development, implementation and translation of evidence-based behavioral interventions to reduce risk of heart disease in minority and low-income populations. He has expanded his work globally to Sub-Saharan Africa, where he is funded by the National Institutes of Health to build research capacity in non-communicable diseases and implement task-shifting strategies to treat and prevent cardiovascular diseases in primary care practices in Ghana and Nigeria.

Dr. Ogedegbe is principal investigator on numerous NIH-funded projects including a recently funded Center for Stroke Disparities Solutions, and he has served on numerous NIH study sections. He has co-authored over 200 publications and his work has been recognized by receipt of several research and mentoring awards including the prestigious John M. Eisenberg Excellence in Mentorship Award from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). He is a member of numerous scientific committees and expert panels of the NIH including the former 8th Joint National Committee on the Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment of Hypertension (JNC-8), which develops guidelines for the evaluation and treatment of hypertension. He is a fellow of the American Heart Association, American Society of Hypertension, American College of Physicians and the Academy of Behavioral Medicine.

Prior to his current position, Dr. Ogedegbe was a faculty member at both Cornell Weill Medical College and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Ogedegbe completed his residency training in internal medicine at Montefiore Medical Center and his fellowship training in Health Services Research and Clinical Epidemiology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He also received an MPH from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.