A Black media group honored Dr. Ebony Hilton-Buchholz for her passionate advocacy for health equity and her persistent advocacy of COVID vaccination. (UVA Health photo)
Dr. Ebony Hilton-Buchholz, associate professor of anesthesiology and a national advocate for health care equity and COVID vaccination, on Sept. 16 received the 2021 National Newspaper Publishers Association National Leadership Award for excellence and innovative leadership in Black America. The NNPA is the trade association of more than 230 African American-owned newspapers and media companies.
The association honored Hilton-Buchholz alongside U.S. Sens. Raphael Warnock and Cory Booker; U.S. Rep. Cori Bush; Dr. James Hildreth, president and CEO of Meharry Medical College; and Olympic record-setting track star Allyson Felix, each recognized for their excellence and commitment to the Black community and the world at large.
Hilton-Buchholz, a critical care anesthesiologist at UVA Health, has led the fight against misinformation about the coronavirus and has become a leading advocate for transparency surrounding COVID-19. She is often quoted in national media reports, denouncing quick re-openings, anti-vaxxers and reckless gatherings during the pandemic, and expresses similar sentiments in a well-followed Twitter account.
At the awards ceremony, Hilton-Buchholz said there’s still much work to do.
“I cannot begin to tell you how honored I am to be considered,” she said. “But I have to be honest, it’s difficult to think of my efforts as worthy when there is so much left to do.
“One thing I can promise is to continue trying my best and showing up in hopes of truly deserving this prestigious recognition.”
Hilton-Buchholz’s efforts also have received recognition from the National Medical Association and the National Minority Quality Forum as one of the top 40 under 40 Leaders in Health Care.
In addition to pioneering medicine, Hilton-Buchholz is a children’s book author, public speaker and community activist.