|Dr. Francois is flanked by TNJ publisher on the left, Aziz Gueye Adetimirin and the Editor-In-Chief, Rosalynd McLymont.|
Fritz Francois, MD, has been awarded the "40 Under-Forty" Black Achievement Award from The Network Journal. Dr. Francois is a an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology in the Department of Medicine and assistant dean for academic affairs and diversity at the NYU School of Medicine.
The Network Journal is a monthly print and online business magazine for Black professionals and business owners. TNJ was founded in 1993, and is dedicated to educating and empowering its reader. The award citation states:
| Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fritz Francois, M.D., arrived in New York
at the age of 10, barely able to speak English. "I came from a country
where opportunities to develop as an individual are few, so I make sure
not to squander the opportunities before me," he says.
True to his word, he earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy from New York University and subsequently a doctorate of medicine and a master's degree in clinical investigation from the same university's School of Medicine. Now, as assistant dean for academic affairs and diversity at NYU School of Medicine, Dr. Francois, at 39, is one of the youngest deans at an accredited U.S. medical school. He serves as assistant professor of medicine at the school’s Division of Gastroenterology.
Francois is a three-time winner of the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Crystal Award for diversity minority research and, most recently, won the National Medical Fellowships Academic Champion of Health Award. He serves on the editorial board of the World Journal of Gastroenterology. His goal, he says, is "to advance molecular epidemiology research dedicated to addressing health disparities in ethnically diverse communities." Already entrenched in community service, he has mentored students at all levels of education with a view toward encouraging careers in health fields, and works with community groups to conduct health screenings and inform at-risk groups about colon cancer and viral hepatitis.
After the devastating earthquake in Haiti in January, Francois led a medical relief team to that country. It was a memorable experience. "While emotionally and physically taxing, [it] was an opportunity to represent those who could not be there to say to those affected 'you are not alone,'" he says.
Launched in June 1998, The Network Journal's 40 Under-Forty Black Achievement Awards honors men and women under 40 years old whose professional accomplishments have significantly impacted an industry or profession, and who also have made an important contribution to their community.
A "TNJ 40 Under-Forty" honoree typically is a business owner, or a management executive with significant decision-making authority in the corporate, nonprofit (including academia and medicine), or government sector.
A committee of judges reviews each year's candidates and their supporting material and makes the final selection for the year's honorees.
Each honoree receives a specially designed crystal award at the annual "40 Under-Forty Achievement Awards" program, held in June and attended by more than hundreds of business leaders, colleagues and well wishers.
All 40 awardees are featured in the June "Awards" issue of the magazine.