Class of: 1973
Lester Breslow Lifetime Achievement Award
For more than 50 years, Dr. Ludlow B. Creary has worked to improve the healthcare of minority residents throughout Greater Los Angeles. He helped to spearhead the opening of the historic West Adams Hospital and was also involved in the creation of the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital. Dr. Creary served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Medicine within the MLK Jr. Hospital/Charles R. Drew Medical Center for more than two decades. Upon retirement, he volunteered his time in a consultative capacity as the Medical Director and Owner of Visiting Angels in Los Angeles, which provides elder care and in-home care services. He has served on the boards of California Blue Shield, Council of the L.A. County Medical Association, and Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, to name a few. In recognition of his life’s work, Dr. Creary’s many honors include the Distinguished Physician Award from the Minority Health Institute, the KCET Television Local Heroes Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Special Needs Network, and the Distinguished Service Award from the National Medical Association. Today, he serves as Co-Founder and Chairman of the Drs. Ludlow and Ruth Creary Family Foundation. Dr. Creary earned his MD from Howard University, MPH from the UCLA Fielding School, and BS in chemistry and mathematics from Long Island University, Brooklyn.
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