Andrea Wilson is a leading advocate for patients with sarcoidosis. She co-founded the Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research (FSR) in 2000 following her diagnosis with sarcoidosis with the goal to raise funds, facilitate research collaborations toward research and promote awareness to help sarcoidosis patients and their families and caregivers. During her more than 20 years with the organization she served as President and member of the Board of Directors, including Chairwoman. She has also served as a member of the American Thoracic Society’s Public Advisory Roundtable. She received the World Sarcoidosis Person of the Year Award in 2014.
Wayne A.I. Frederick, M.D., is the President Emeritus of Howard University, having previously served as the 17th President from July 2014 – September 2023. He is also the distinguished Charles R. Drew Professor of Surgery at the Howard University College of Medicine and a practicing cancer surgeon at Howard University Hospital. Dr. Frederick earned a B.S., M.D., and completed his surgical residency training at Howard University Hospital. Following his postdoctoral research and surgical oncology fellowships at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Dr. Frederick was Associate Director of the Cancer Center at the University of Connecticut. Upon his return to Howard University, his academic positions included Associate Dean in the College of Medicine, Division Chief in the Department of Surgery, Director of the Cancer Center and Deputy Provost for Health Sciences. He also earned an M.B.A. degree from Howard University’s School of Business. Dr. Frederick is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, abstracts, and editorials and is a widely recognized expert on disparities in healthcare and medical education. His medical research focuses on narrowing racial, ethnic and gender disparities in cancer-care outcomes. Dr. Frederick is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and belongs to numerous surgical and medical organizations, including the ACS’ Academy of Master Surgeon Educators, the American Surgical Association and the National Academy of Medicine. Dr. Frederick also serves on the Board of Directors of Humana, Inc., Agostini Limited, Insulet Corporation, Workday, Inc., Mutual of America Life Insurance Co., and the American Cancer Society, in addition to a few other privately held companies and charitable organizations.