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President's Corner

Reede Scholar President, Mary Fleming Zooms on the Frontline

It has been a busy quarter, as many Reede Scholars are on the frontline fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.  A huge debt is owed the men and women who unselfishly risk their own safety to treat and care for the nations sick and hospitalized.

As, Reede Scholars President, I have been invited to speak on several webinars regarding facts and myths of the coronavirus.  Other Reede Scholars are lending their voice to advocate for protections of communities hard hit by the virus.

To all the Reede Scholars who are academicians, clinicians, researchers and expert spokespersons, we welcome your stories.  Shout out to Dr. Custodio, affectionately known to many as Papa Ric, for his post below.  It was well received and shared widely.



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Our newsletter captures the accomplishments and special recognitions of our members.  Highlighting these events, for historical documentation and preservation, is an important function of our organization.  If you are interested in being a part of the REEDE NEWS NEWSLETTER team, please contact us at: thereedescholars@gmail,com

2020 Third Annual Leadership Retreat

Congratulations on our first Virtual Leadership Retreat!  9 Reede Scholars and our facilitator Ralph Fuccillo took time to gather for 4 hours on a Saturday morning despite being on the front-line of COVID-19 to discuss the future of Reede Scholars.  

It was heartwarming to have greater than 50% of our Board of Directors in attendance, Elna, Cynthia, Amon and D'nyce, in addition to Nicole, Monica, Keila, Ann and myself.  They took time away from the charting, kids, parents and pets at home to have a robust conversation reviewing the strengths and struggles of our organization.

A special thank you to Ralph Fuccillo for his excellent facilitating skills!  Once again he was provocative and challenged us in a way needed to move forward as an organization.

Due to the brevity of this meeting and in lieu of our usual annual meeting in Boston, we will plan to reconvene virtually again this month, on May 9, 2020.  Please plan to attend.


  1. President’s Corner
  2. Reede Scholars, Inc. 3rd Annual Leadership Retreat
  3. Ricardo Custodio, Covid 19 and Hawaii
  4. Patrik Johansson, serves as the Director of NW HERON
  5. Tamarah Duperval-Brownlee named among 25 minority leaders in healthcare
  6. Nakela Cook named PCORI’s next Executive Director
  7. Nwando Olayiwola receives 2020 Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Award
  8. Opportunities

UH West Oʻahu’s Health Science, program chair Dr. Ricardo Custodio, a long-time pediatrician and former medical director at the Waiʻanae Coast Comprehensive Health center. 

Dr. Ricardo Custodio offers new insights, &  recommendations in the fight against Covid-19

Ricardo Custodio, April 2020 

Overview:  Hawaii’s first case of Covid-19 was February 26th. After 4 weeks of mandatory self-quarantine and social distancing we have 586 cases and 12 deaths.  Hawaii is doing great overall.

Signs & Symptoms: Not all cases of Covid -19 present with fever, cough and shortness of breath.

Personal Protective Equipment: In addition to wearing masks, now that it has been established that Covid-19 can enter through the mucous membranes of the eyes, it may be a good idea to wear eye protection (glasses, goggles, face shields). https://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/coronavirus-and-your-eyes/

Diagnostic Tools: In addition to using thermometers. Evidence is increasing that using a Pulseoximeter can help to know how bad your shortness of breath is. They can cost less than $25, only need one per family, alcohol swab between uses. 95%-100% is within normal. Less than 90% is bad (go seek medical care). https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/20/opinion/coronavirus-testing-pneumonia.html

Good News / Bad News: The Good News is that cases and deaths are decreasing and maybe on-track for Hawaii to loosen some restrictions (ie. open parks). If we do this right there may be some return to “normal” by late summer/early fall. The Bad News is, we need to prepare for and expect a second wave that may worse than this first one. That could start in late fall along with the annual influenza season.

Bad News / Good News: Bad News, if the pandemic follows the 1918 Influenza Pandemic and the 2009 H1N1 Influenza Pandemic, there will be a third wave. This will take us out to Summer of 2021. Good News, by that time we should have fasters tests to see if you are infected, antibody tests to see if you are immune, and a vaccine to give you immunity if you have not been infected.

Stay home, stay healthy, stay strong. Breath. Aloha & love to your ‘Ohana. Mabuhay!


Scholars in the News

Dr. Tamarah Duperval-Brownlee. Senior vice president and chief community impact officer, Ascension, was recently named among 25 minority leaders in healthcare.

The Top 25 Minority Leaders in Healthcare biennial recognition program takes great pride in honoring the top minority healthcare executives who are influencing the policy and care delivery models across the country. In doing so, they are also highlighting the continued need to nurture diversity in their organizations.

Duperval-Brownlee is leading transformation of Ascension’s Washington, D.C., market, which improved operating performance by 50% over nine months.


Dr. Patrik Johansson will serve as the Director of NW HERON

The College of Medicine has collaborated with researchers from the WSU College of Arts and Sciences as well as community-based clinicians and practices to form Northwest Health Education and Research Outcomes Network (NW HERON).

NW Heron’s mission is to improve the quality of clinical care and ameliorate health disparities in communities across Washington state and its bordering states.

Dr. Patrik Johansson, an expert in rural health and interprofessional training, will serve as the Director of NW HERON.

Don't forget to Tune in!

Nakela Cook named PCORI's next Executive Director

April 2020

WASHINGTON, DC — The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) announced that Nakela Cook, MD, MPH, a cardiologist with a distinguished career leading key research initiatives engaging patients, clinicians and other health care stakeholders at one of the nation’s largest public health research funders, has been named PCORI’s next Executive Director.

Dr. Cook, whose appointment was announced by PCORI Board of Governors Chairperson Christine Goertz, DC, PhD, comes to PCORI from her role as a Senior Scientific Officer and Chief of Staff for the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), one of the largest institutes within the National Institutes of Health. 

“I am honored to take on the important role of Executive Director at PCORI,” Dr. Cook said. “PCORI’s mission fully reflects my personal and professional values and commitment to promote excellence in health and health care in a way that is patient centered and engages all parties to help us achieve shared goals. As a clinician and researcher focused on improving patient outcomes, I can’t imagine a more exciting opportunity.”

In her current position, Dr. Cook oversees a staff of 1,000 and an annual budget of $3.2 billion. She has spearheaded the development and implementation of NHLBI’s research strategy and planning and implementing initiatives in precision medicine, data science, sickle cell disease and women’s health, ensuring that these initiatives meaningfully engaged patients, patient advocates, professional societies, policymakers and other stakeholder groups. Throughout her career, Dr. Cook also has worked to enhance diversity and equity in research and care delivery and been a leader in efforts to reduce disparities in health access and outcomes.

Prior to her current role, Dr. Cook was a Clinical Medical Officer in the NHLBI’s Division of Cardiovascular Sciences and an attending cardiologist at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC. She has a bachelor’s degree in materials science and engineering from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, earned her medical and public health degrees at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health, respectively, and did her clinical and research training at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

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The Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM®) Program for Women is the nation's only in-depth program focused on preparing senior women faculty at schools of medicine, dentistry and public health for institutional leadership positions where they can effect positive change.

J. Nwando Olayiwola, MD, MPH, FAAFP, receives 2020 Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Award

The Ohio State University College of Medicine faculty members Clara Lee, MD, MPP, and J. Nwando Olayiwola, MD, MPH, FAAFP, are recipients of the 2020 Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program award, a one-year fellowship designed for senior women faculty with high potential for advancement in an executive leadership role. The program will give both women the opportunity to use their talents to tackle some of the challenges facing college leaders today, while broadening their experience in ways intended to prepare them for the next level in their careers.

Recruited in 2019 as professor and chair of Ohio State's Department of Family Medicine, Dr. Olayiwola is a practicing physician and health services researcher, bringing with her an impressive history of service and leadership. She has established a reputation as an international thought leader in health system reform and as an influencer and change agent in primary care, health care technology and innovation, and the empowerment of women and minorities in health care. Early in her tenure as chair of Family Medicine at Ohio State, she restructured the department's leadership team and founded the Center for Primary Care Innovation and Transformation. She leads a department of more than 80 faculty members, more than 30 residents and fellows and additional 300-plus staff members, clinicians and other health professionals.

Dr. Olayiwola's ELAM project will address the need for streamlined, robust and efficient physician recruitment and on-boarding system across the college and medical center, as the medical center prepares for unprecedented growth. Using results gathered from her earlier multidisciplinary retreats, Dr. Olayiwola will align the multiple functions, units, operations and human resources that are engaged in the faculty recruitment process across the academic medical center, and lead the development of adaptable and scalable best practices, standardized processes and accompanying tools and resources.

Congratulations to Dr. Olayiwola for receiving this exceptional fellowship award!

Reede Scholars Executive Leadership

President: Mary E Fleming, MD, MPH

Secretary: Nicole del Castillo, MD, MPH

Treasurer: Kavitha Prakash, MD, MPH

Treasurer Elect: Don Lee, MD, MPH

Editor/writer: M. Fleming & C. Hodge

Congratulations and Welcome to our newest Reede Scholars!

Please plan to attend their practicum and project presentations on Thursday May 7, 2020 at 4:00 pm.


By Chloe Slocum, MD, MPH, RS ‘17 

The Quarterly Health Policy Briefing will be on-hold temporarily with plans to resume in the near future. 

Congratulations to Chloe on the birth of her new baby boy!


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