2021 Leader of the Year Dr. Foluso Fakorede
Dr. Foluso Fakorede, physician, entrepreneur and advocate for healthcare injustices spent his formative years in Nigeria and immigrated to America as a young teenager. A standout student, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in biology and a minor in economics from Rutgers University. Then he received his medical degree from UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Camden, New Jersey. He completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Hospital. Dr. Fakorede returned to New Jersey to complete a fellowship in cardiology, interventional cardiology, and endovascular intervention at Cooper University Hospital- Camden, New Jersey.
During his fellowship, Dr. Fakorede was honored with the distinction of Chief Cardiology Fellow. Dr. Fakorede specializes in preventative cardiovascular management, women’s heart health and catheter- based procedural focus in coronary atherosclerosis disease (CAD) and peripheral atherosclerosis disease (PAD). He currently serves on the Society of Cardiac Angiography and Intervention (SCAI) vascular disease committee.
“Dr. MLK, Jr. is my role model and I admired his servant leadership management style of putting the needs of your team and community first. Servant leaders must believe that being other-centered is at the core of what they do daily and their team members must feel personally and professionally fulfilled which usually results in higher quality work done in an efficient and productive manner.”
In 2015, Dr. Fakorede started Cardiovascular Solutions of Central Mississippi with a mission to educate and provide access to quality health care for all. He has helped to reduce the amputation rate in Bolivar County by 88 percent. He has become a national voice in the fight against the impact of health disparity in underserved communities. As the Co-chair of the Association of Black Cardiologists’ (ABC) PAD initiative, Dr. Fakorede has been at the helm of working with Congressional lawmakers to establish the first ever bipartisan PAD caucus whose mission is to support legislative bills to stop the virulent practices of preventable amputations and to educate communities about legislative activities aimed to improve PAD research, education, and treatment.