Dr. Ala Stanford, 2021 Dare to Understand Award Recipient

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 - 5:30pm - 6:30pm

At this year’s Dare to Understand Award event, we are proud to honor Dr. Ala Stanford as one of our two award recipients. 

Dr. Ala Stanford is a surgeon, a healthcare advocate, and a hero.

Dr. Stanford founded the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium in response to the disproportionate number of African-Americans being diagnosed with and dying from COVID-19 in the Philadelphia area.  She has provided barrier-free coronavirus testing to thousands across the region, and has continued to advocate for equity in the healthcare system.

We are so honored to present Dr. Stanford with this year’s Dare to Understand Award alongside Dr. Anthony Fauci.  At a recent Montgomery County panel, her pastor, Reverend Marshall Mitchell, emphasized the importance of Dr. Stanford as a trusted healthcare leader for the Black community, in particular.  Dr. Stanford has answered the needs of thousands of Philadelphians, and has facilitated the testing and now vaccination of so many. 

Dr. Stanford was one of the first African American female pediatric surgeons in the United States and previously served as the Director of the Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities at Temple University.  She is a wife and a mother of three sons.

Philadelphia Magazine named her in their 2020 Most Influential People list, and the Philadelphia Tribune listed Dr. Stanford as one of the Most Influential African Americans in 2020.  She was a 2020 Business Insider Top 10 Leaders transforming healthcare, among many more significant recognitions.

We are excited to add 2021 Dare to Understand Award Recipient to her list of achievements, as Dr. Stanford is certainly to be celebrated!