Dr. Charles Modlin: Seeing A Urologist Is Important For Black Men

Dr. Charles Modlin, is a kidney transplant surgeon, a board-certified urologist, and the founder and director of the Cleveland Clinic Minority Men’s Health Center (MMHC). Modlin is…

Dr. Charles Modlin, is a kidney transplant surgeon, a board-certified urologist, and the founder and director of the Cleveland Clinic Minority Men’s Health Center (MMHC). Modlin is also Executive Director for Minority Health at the Cleveland Clinic. In 2011, he was selected by The Atlanta Post as one of the Top 21 Black Doctors in America.

A graduate of Northwestern University in 1983  with a degre in Chemistry and Northwestern University Medical School in Modlin is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society. He completed a six-year residency in urological surgery at New York University in 1993, a three-year fellowship in kidney transplantation in 1996 (Cleveland Clinic), then joined the Cleveland Clinic Staff.

He is the sole African-American transplant surgeon in Ohio and one of only roughly 20 African-American transplant surgeons in the U.S. Modlin pays it forward as  an associate professor of surgery at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and is an advisor and lecturer at Northwestern University Medical School and Northwestern University.

He has authored several publications and chapters on kidney transplantation, urologic surgery and health disparities. In 2003, Dr. Modlin established a dedicated Cleveland Clinic Minority Men’s Health Center to address the specific healthcare needs of minority men. The center provides patient care, education, outreach, and conducts research into elimination of healthcare disparities and provides mentorship to students. 

Modlin was appointed to Ohio Governor Strickland’s and Kasich’s Commissions on African-American Males and the Ohio Commission on Minority Health. He chairs the health committees of the Cleveland NAACP and the Cleveland 100 Black Men. 

For those efforts, Modlin has received many honors and awards – Northwestern University Medical School Inaugural Daniel Hale Williams Award for Meritorious Service to Underserved Communities, 2007 Greater Cleveland Partnership MLK Community Service Award, Northwestern University Dean’s Alumni Medal Award, Ohio Commission on Minority Health Leadership Award, and the  National Technical Association Physician of the Year.

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