wayne j. riley_web.jpgDr, Wayne J. Riley, president and CEO of Meharry Medical College, has been named chairman of the National Advisory Council on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health.

In the position, effective this month, Riley will serve as a liaison and national spokesman on issues of minority health and health disparities. He will help Dr. John Ruffin, director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, in facilitating meetings of the advisory council and, when necessary, serve as a conduit between Ruffin and the council.

The National Advisory Council on Minority Health and Health Disparities is an advisory body appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services that advises the director of the NIMHD, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) director and the secretary on the nation's minority health and health disparity research funding, priorities and programs.

Riley is the 10th president of Meharry Medical and is a recognized expert in healthcare management and health policy. He also chairs the Association of Minority Health Professions Schools.

Located in Nashville, Tenn., Meharry Medical College, founded in 1876, is a United Methodist Church affiliated institution. It is the nation’s largest private, independent historically black academic health center dedicated to educating minority health professionals.