Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D. Greetings From The Chair

 Welcome to the W. Montague Cobb/NMA Health Institute.  The qualities of W. Montague Cobb are alive in this organization. Dr. Cobb’s  courage, perseverance, and commitment to achieve justice and improve the health and welfare of African Americans serve as  examples to us all. Today, I serve as the proud Chair of the Board for the Cobb Institute.  The Cobb Institute, founded by the National  Medical Association is focused on the elimination of disparities in health and healthcare that disproportionately affect African  Americans. Disparities in health among, racial and ethnic groups in the U.S. are significant and, by many measures, continue to  increase.

 The Cobb Institute is conducting research that will translate into policy and ultimately into action.  The long-range goal of this institute is to build on its already solid reputation of excellence. The Cobb Institute has embarked on a research agenda that is both exciting and beneficial to all those who hold health dear.

I would like to give special thanks to the leadership of the NMA, our staff, corporate and foundation partners, and others who are helping to make Dr. Cobb’s vision a reality.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I welcome you.

Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D. 
Chair, Board of Directors 
W. Montague Cobb/NMA Health Institute