Doug E. Fresh
Founding Artist and
Honorary Board Member
Dr. Olajide Williams
Founder and President
Lori Rose Benson
Dr. Gillian Barclay
Dr. Saju Joseph
Dr. James M. Noble
Dr. Olubenga Ogedegbe
James R. Whitehead
Lori Rose Benson
CEO and Executive Director
Chief Strategic Engagement Officer
Chief Program Operations Officer
Director of Development
Chief Growth Advisor
Senior Growth Advisor
Director of Special Projects
Director of Creative Development and Promotion
Brand Marketing Consultant
Professor & Vice-Chair of Surgery, Touro University, Nevada
Hip Hop Public Health Board Member
Dr. Joseph completed his medical school education at Tufts University School of Medicine. He then went on to pursue training in surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center under the leadership of Dr. Josef E. Fischer. During his training, Dr. Joseph won the prestigious Harvard Housestaff and Fellows Teaching Award. Through Dr. Fischer’s mentorship, Dr. Joseph had the unique experience of doing his fellowship in Hepato-Biliary and Pancreatic Surgery at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh under the tutelage of Professor O. James Garden.
Since completing his training, Dr. Joseph has worked in academic surgery for his entire career. He has had the opportunity to serve as a visiting professor for the Colombian Association of Surgery and as an advisor to Governor Abbott (Texas) regarding emergency and trauma services. He was also the Vice Chair of Surgery at Texas Tech, where he was instrumental in establishing the residency in the Permian Basin and an acclaimed rural surgery training program. Dr. Joseph serves on the editorial board of six journals and is a reviewer for numerous others. He was the editor for a recently published book on Point-of-Care-Ultrasound for First Responders. He established the ACGME accredited general surgery residency at Valley Health System in Las Vegas NV. He serves as a Professor and Vice Chair of Surgery for Touro University Nevada.
Dr. Joseph has worked with numerous healthcare businesses and private equity bankers, raised money for charitable organizations, and travelled to 3rd world countries to expand medical education and outreach. His goal is to use technology and innovation to enhance healthcare delivery, prevent illness, and save lives throughout the world.
Hip Hop Pioneer, Rapper
Hip Hop Public Health Collaborating Artist
Darryl “DMC” McDaniels is co-founder of the legendary group Run-DMC: selling over 40 million albums and changing music history. In 2014 he started his comic book company, Darryl Makes Comics; in 2016 released a top-selling autobiography “Ten Ways Not to Commit Suicide” and put out a limited edition vinyl EP in advance of his upcoming solo album in 2017.
DMC is a member of the Hip Hop Public Health Advisory Board and also co-founded the Felix Organization – a nonprofit that works to enrich the lives of children in the foster care system. He’s a 2009 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a 2016 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, and has received numerous awards for his philanthropic work.