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Bruce Ovbiagele, M.D., is a recipient of a national award from the American College of Physicians


April 5, 2024

San Francisco , CA — Bruce Ovbiagele, M.D., FACP, will receive the W. Lester Henry Award for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion from the American College of Physicians (ACP), a national organization of internal medicine physicians.

Award recipients will be recognized at ACP’s annual convocation ceremony on Thursday, April 18, 2024, at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, where ACP is hosting its annual scientific conference, Internal Medicine Meeting 2024, through April 20.

The W. Lester Henry Award for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is given to an ACP member with outstanding accomplishments in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the health care workforce, and/or improving health equity for people with historically marginalized group identities. The award was established in 2008.

Dr. Ovbiagele is the Professor of Neurology and Associate Dean at the University of California, San Francisco, as well as Chief of Staff at San Francisco VA Health Care System. Before his current position, he was Chair of the Department of Neurology at the Medical University of South Carolina for six years before moving to San Francisco. So far in his career, he has led several National Institutes of Health–sponsored programs, which have helped to narrow local and global stroke disparities, as well as facilitated a strong pipeline of capable underrepresented-in-medicine researchers (>110), many of whom have become award-winning independently funded researchers. Dr. Ovbiagele has submitted content about his discoveries from his research activities to over 620 peer-reviewed publications and has edited five books.

His research work has been recognized with the highest scientific research awards of the American Academy of Neurology, American Brain Foundation, American Stroke Association, and American Heart Association. His health equity and community service efforts have been recognized with prominent awards from the American Neurological Association and World Stroke Organization. He served as Chair of the International Stroke Conference (the preeminent global stroke science meeting) for two years and is currently editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Heart Association. Dr. Ovbiagele is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, Association of American Physicians, and the American Clinical and Climatological Association.


For more information, please email, call San Francisco VA Health Care System's Public Affairs Office at 415-750-2012, or visit

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