All eyes were on Queen Latifah and allied healthcare professionals as the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC) held its seventh annual “Spirit of the Heart” Awards Gala at the Cipriani in New York City, with actor and health advocate Lamman Rucker, serving as emcee.

During the event, Queen Latifah received the Distinguished Health Advocate Award for her active promotion of preventative care and work to reduce disparities in cardiovascular disease. Motivated by her mother’s successful management of heart failure, Queen Latifah has served as an outspoken heart health advocate.

Photos from the Event

The Association of Black Cardiologists serves to promote the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease, including stroke, in Blacks and other minorities and to achieve health equity for all through the elimination of disparities. The annual awards dinner serves as a celebration of life with proceeds supporting ABCs ‘Spirit of the Heart’ community outreach, brought together leaders in the healthcare industry, also honored the following individuals:

Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD (The Mt. Sinai Medical Hospital) – Dr. Walter M. Booker, Sr. Health Promotion Award; Michael J. Dowling (Northwell Health) – ABC Spirit of the Heart Award; Luther T. Clark, MD (Merck and Co.) – ABC Distinguished Leadership Award; Arbor Pharmaceuticals, LLC accepted by Ed Schutter – ABC Health Equity Award; Yele Aluko, MD, MBA- (Novant Health Heart and Vascular Institute) – ABC Mentorship Award; Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University accepted by Vincent J.B. Robinson, MD – ABC Diversity in Cardiology Award; Felipe C. Robinson, MD – Founding Member of The Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC Visionary Award) posthumously accepted by his daughter, Erron Al-Amin.

For more information on the ‘Spirit of the Heart’ Awards Gala and the Association of Black Cardiologists, visit