Dr. Abdul El-Sayed holds a Doctorate in Public Health from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, as well as a Medical degree from Columbia University. He graduated with Highest Distinction and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Michigan, where he earned the Williams Jennings Bryan Prize for Political Science. He was selected to deliver the Student Commencement Address in 2007 alongside President Clinton, who said of Abdul “I just wish every person in the world could have heard you speak today.” In 2017, he was selected as one of 20 recipients of the University of Michigan’s Bicentennial Alumni Awards commemorating alumni “whose achievements carry on Michigan’s traditions of intellectual creativity and academic endeavor, of civic engagement, and of national and international service” for “his leadership and contributions to public health and passion for public service.” He is also the recipient of numerous civic and service awards, including Crain’s Detroit Business 40 under 40, and Public Official of the Year per the Michigan League of Conservation Voters.
Phillip Levy M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.E.P., F.A.H.A., F.A.C.C
Dr. Phillip Levy is a professor at the Wayne State University School of Medicine and the Associate Chair for Research in the Department of Emergency Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology. Dr. Levy is a recognized expert in cardiovascular research and is a standing member of the NIH’s Cancer, Heart and Sleep Epidemiology study section. He is also Chair of the American College of Cardiology’s Accreditation Management Board, Chair of the American College of Emergency Physician’s Research Committee, and an at-large member of the Emergency Medicine Foundation Board of Trustees. Over the past 10 years, Dr. Levy has published more than 120 manuscripts, authored 18 textbook chapters and has been an invited lecturer on cardiovascular disease related topics more than 200 times.
Leseliey Welch, MPH, MBA
Leseliey Welch is on faculty in Public Health at Wayne State University and lectures in Women’s Studies and Public Health at University of Michigan. A common thread in her teaching endeavors is helping students apply what they are learning to creating a more humane world. Leseliey has over a decade of progressive leadership experience in public health; and has served as a leader, administrator, strategist, and consultant in city, state and national nonprofit health organizations. Locally, she served as Deputy Director of Public Health for the City of Detroit and started SisterFriends Detroit; and provided concept development and community engagement consulting in the development of Corktown Health Center, southeast Michigan’s first comprehensive LGBT health center. She is currently leading the development team planning a neighborhood-based birth center in Detroit. Leseliey earned her undergraduate degree in Women’s Studies, Masters in Public Health with a certificate in Women’s and Reproductive Health, and Masters in Business Administration from the University of Michigan.