Meet the judges of Columbus CEO's 2021 Healthcare Achievement Awards

Katy Smith
Columbus CEO

Columbus CEO is indebted to the healthcare leaders from diverse backgrounds who served as judges for our Healthcare Achievement Awards this year. The judges scored nominations based on specific criteria for each category. To avoid conflicts of interest, judges were not eligible to score in categories where they had affiliations with the nominees. Accumulated results determine winners and finalists. With thanks for their invaluable contributions, we’re proud to partner with these judges:

Dr. David Sabgir

Dr. David Sabgir, a cardiovascular specialist at OhioHealth, is founder and CEO of Walk with a Doc, now operating in communities worldwide, and 2016 Columbus CEO Pathway to Population Health award winner. In 2015 he was recognized as a CNN Hero. Sabgir holds a medical degree from Medical College of Ohio and served his internship, residency and fellowship at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. He still leads a local Walk with a Doc chapter every Saturday morning.

Dr. David Sabgir

More:See all Healthcare Achievement winners 2021

Dr. Amy Acton

Dr. Amy Acton was named director of the Ohio Department of Health in 2019. She gained national attention for her leading role in keeping Ohio safe during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic and was beloved by many for her easy-to-digest way of explaining complex medical concepts. Acton stepped down from the role and joined the Columbus Foundation as vice president of Human:Kind. In early 2021, Acton left that position to consider a run for the U.S. Senate. She holds a medical degree from Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine and a master’s of public health from Ohio State University.

Dr. Amy Acton

Dr. Darrell Gray II

Dr. Darrell Gray II is a gastroenterologist at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and deputy director of the Center for Cancer Health Equity at OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center. He completed medical school at Howard University College of Medicine, a residency in internal medicine at Duke University Medical Center and a gastroenterology fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis. Gray holds a master’s of public health from Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. He is assistant professor of medicine, director of community engagement and equity in digestive health, and medical director of endoscopy and gastroenterology services at Ohio State University. Gray’s research is focused on community engagement in preventive health behaviors and interventions and on understanding the interaction of the social determinants of health, public health and healthy policy in cancer prevention.

Dr. Darrell Gray II