Prominent African-Americans in Medicine- Akua Afriyie-Gray, MD
Friday, November 17, 2017

Akua Afriyie-Gray, MD, Named to Chicago List of Prominent African-Americans in Medicine

MAYWOOD, IL – Loyola Medicine OB/GYN Akua Afriyie-Gray, MD, FACOG, was honored as one of Chicago's most prominent African-Americans in medicine on Thursday, November 16 at the Harlem Fine Arts Show opening night gala.

Dr. Afriyie-Gray, medical director of women's health at Loyola Medicine, has a passion for educating young women on the importance of gynecological health.

"My patients start out with me very early," she said. "Soon enough, they're in their 20s, getting married, at child-bearing age and I get to share in that special time as well."

Dr. Afriyie-Gray is one of 19 Chicago-area doctors who were honored at the gala for their outstanding professional and philanthropic work. The Harlem Fine Arts Show is the largest traveling art show that profiles achievements in the arts, education, healthcare and economics. The theme of this year's Harlem Fine Arts Show is "Health and the Healing Power of Art." 

Dr. Afriyie-Gray is an assistant professor and head of student education in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

Dr. Afriyie-Gray earned a medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology from Georgetown University Medical Center.

About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 94 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 133,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.