Oliver T. Brooks, MDPresident Elect, National Medical Association - (Med. Dir.) Watts Heathcare Corp.

    2019 Honoree

    Dr. Brooks received his undergraduate degree in biology from Morehouse College where he received the Frederick E. Mapp Award for excellence in biology. He received his medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine, where he was a summer instructor in biochemistry. He completed a residency in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital-Oakland, where he practiced for 4 years before accepting a position at Watts Healthcare Corporation. Dr. Brooks is Medical Director, and past Chief of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine at Watts Healthcare Corporation in Los Angeles, where he also serves as the Medical Director of the Jordan and Locke High School Wellness Centers. He is also a Medical Director for LA Care, one of the nation’s largest Medicaid managed care plans.  He holds staff appointments at Centinela Hospital in Inglewood, where he was Chair of the Peer Review Committee and at Martin Luther King Community Hospital in South Los Angeles, where he is Vice-Chair of the OB/newborn department. Dr. Brooks is President-Elect of the National Medical Association (NMA), and is their immediate past national Speaker, House of Delegates.  His focus in this arena is on gun violence and maternal mortality. He is Immediate Past President of the California Immunization Coalition and Chairman of the Immunize LA Families Coalition.  He is on the national Leadership Panel for the Adolescent Immunization Initiative (AII), which advocated successfully for adding a column on the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice’s CDC yearly vaccine recommendations in 2017.  He is often requested to speak to the media on issues related to immunizations and advocates for reduced disparities in immunization rates among disadvantaged communities. He is also frequently asked to speak to physicians and other groups on the science and the implementation perspective of vaccine utilization.   In 2018, Dr. Brooks was honored by the National Council of Negro Women, Long Beach, for Outstanding Service to the Community, and included in the 2017 Wall of Excellence for Medicine, for Long Beach Black History Month.  He is past president, Long Beach Museum of Art’s Board of Trustees, and a member, Board of Directors, of the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra. He is a member of the fraternities, Kappa Alpha Psi, and Sigma Pi Phi (the Boule). He is married to his wife of 31 years, Lisa, and has two children, Alana and Joseph.
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