Dr. Tuckson addresses a crowd of physicians and family at the Louisville Central Community Center.
PRESIDENTS' Celebration 2018
This year’s GLMS Presidents’ Celebration was a special one. Surround-
ed by family, friends and colleagues, Dr. Wayne Tuckson assumed the
presidency of GLMS and become the first African-American ever elected
to the position. In the beautiful Louisville Central Community Center,
Dr. Tuckson considered the city’s often tenuous relationship to Afri-
can-American physicians and nurses with an eye towards the more
“I believe that my being president is special, but not because of any
particular achievements or notoriety on my part. Rather, this honor
represents a recognition and validation of the contributions of the
African-American physicians of Jefferson County to maintain the health
and wellness of our community,” Dr. Tuckson said.
The Presidents’ Celebration is also where GLMS announces the winners
of our Richard Spear, MD, Memorial Essay Contest. This year’s topic
was “What Have You Sacrificed to Become a Physician?” and there
were many fantastic essays submitted. The winner of the Practicing/
Life Physician Category was Dr. Suzanne McGee for her essay “Back
Scratches, Cornbread and Unspent Love: Sacrifices I Made to Become
a Good Doctor.” The winner of the In-Training/Student Category was
April Butler for her essay “March Flowers in February.” Congratulations
to both winners! The essays are published in this edition of Louisville
Medicine on pages 14 and 16.
Our 2018-2019 GLMS Officers: Vice-President Monalisa Tailor, MD, Board Chair Rob Zaring, MD, MMM, MSHI, President-Elect Frank Burns, MD, President Wayne Tuckson, MD,
Treasurer Brian Sosnin, DO, and Secretary Valerie Briones-Pryor, MD.