Congratulations to Dr. Ronda Henry-Tillman, Professor and Executive Vice Chair of the Department of Surgery and Chief of Breast Oncology in the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, on being selected as a 2023 inductee in the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame. Dr. Henry-Tillman, who also holds the Muriel Balsam Kohn Chair in Breast Surgical Oncology, is one of six Arkansans who will be honored at an Oct. 14 ceremony. She joins an illustrious group of previous inductees including Dr. Edith Irby Jones, Dr. Joycelyn Elders and other preeminent physicians and scientists; cultural figures such as author Maya Angelou; civil rights icons including Daisy Gaston Bates and the “Little Rock Nine;” and leaders in many fields.
Dr. Henry-Tillman has provided extraordinary service to Arkansas and in many national capacities while serving on our faculty since 1998. She has received both national and international recognition for her leadership, dedication and commitment to surgical training across Arkansas as well as in Africa and other low- and middle-income countries around the world. Dr. Henry-Tillman has been a staunch advocate for the medically underserved, working to improve access to early screening, detection and treatment of breast and other cancers. She has strived to eliminate health disparities and achieve health equity, particularly in relation to cancer care. Induction into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame is just the latest of many well-earned, major honors for Dr. Henry-Tillman. Without doubt, there will be many more to come.