Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, MD, has been named the 2018 Rutgers School of Public Health Convocation Speaker and Senator Frank R. Lautenberg Annual Award recipient. Dr. El-Sayed’s passion and commitment to our discipline are evidenced by his continued policy work and fight for health equity for all.

At just 30 years old, Dr. El-Sayed served as the Executive Director of the Detroit Health Department – the youngest health officer ever appointed in a major US city. He relentlessly championed and advocated for Detroit’s inner-city residents by leading efforts to increase water testing in Detroit’s schools during the Flint water crisis and providing Detroit’s school children with necessary corrective eye-wear.