(BDO), a top online site that provides health information for African Americans, and the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University have partnered to present the 5th Annual Top Blacks in Healthcare Awards Gala. The distinguished celebration will take place on Thursday, April 26, 2018 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The awards gala, hosted by radio and television legend Donnie Simpson, will honor 15 individuals who have made outstanding contributions to medicine, health and wellness.

“These individuals have reached the highest levels in their careers, despite challenges, and is honored to celebrate their success. Their trailblazing work ensures that everyone has access to quality healthcare,” said Reggie Ware, President and CEO of

Delivering the 2018 keynote address is Dr. William H. Carson, President and CEO of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc. (Otsuka), a leading healthcare company developing innovative solutions for patients and care providers. Otsuka’s commitment to innovation in healthcare comes in many forms, with a focus on mental health – reinforced by their recent FDA approval for the first digital medicine – along with an emerging portfolio in digital health, oncology, and renal disease.