Minority Men's Health Center
At the Minority Men's Health Center, physicians address health disparities and continue to find answers to some of the nation's greatest health questions through community outreach programs, education, health professions mentorship and research programs.
Established in 2003, the Minority Men's Health Center of Cleveland Clinic's Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute addresses the challenges of healthcare disparities among minorities.
Through a multidisciplinary approach clinical care, the Minority Men's Health Center takes on some of the nation's greatest challenges such as:
- community outreach
- community health literacy education
- health provider health disparity education
- mentorship for future health care providers
- health disparities research
In cooperation with Cleveland Clinic’s Medicine Institute and the Lerner Research Institute, the Center pursues a wide variety of studies such as immunology, molecular genetics, behavioral research as well as clinical trials of new therapies and diagnostics. All of these studies are designed to address the elimination of health disparities.
What We Treat
The Minority Men's Health Center provides an opportunity for minority males to undergo complete comprehensive medical evaluations to promote health & wellness. We provide health screenings for the early detection, prevention and/or treatment of a vast number of medical conditions which disproportionately affect minority male populations such as:
- Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia.
Benign (noncancerous) enlargement of the prostate, known as benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH, is the most common prostate problem in men. Almost all men will develop some enlargement of the prostate as they age. However, African-American men and men with a family history of prostate cancer are at higher risk.
Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure in the United States. Approximately one-half of people who need dialysis have kidney disease from diabetes.
- Erectile Dysfunction.
It is estimated that one of every ten men will suffer from erectile dysfunction (ED) at some point during his lifetime. It is important to understand that in the great majority of cases, ED is a symptom of an underlying problem.
- Hypertension (high blood pressure).
African Americans are more likely to have hypertension (high blood pressure). It is a dangerous condition that can lead to strokes, heart attacks, heart failure, or kidney disease.
- Kidney Disease.
According to the National Kidney Foundation, 26 million Americans have kidney disease and millions more are at an increased risk. If kidney disease worsens, wastes build to high levels in the blood; complications such as high blood pressure, anemia (low blood count), weak bones, and nerve damage can occur and increase the risk of heart and blood vessel disease.
- Kidney Transplantation.
African Americans are six times more likely to develop kidney failure from hypertension and account for 32% of all treated patients. They are also more likely to reject transplanted organs, and less likely to receive kidney transplants. Transplant success rates increase when organs are matched between members of the same ethnic and racial group. Therefore, a lack of organs donated by minorities can contribute to death and longer waiting periods for organ matches.
- Prostate Cancer.
Prostate Cancer is the most common cancer among men. African Americans have the highest rates of cancer in the world, and also the highest mortality rate of any racial and ethnic group for all cancers combined. Prostate Cancer is 66% higher in African Americans than white males, and African Americans are twice as likely to die of prostate cancer than white men.
- Charles Modlin, MD, MBA
- Uche Iheme, MD
- Kenneth Angermeier, MD
- William Baldwin, MD, PhD
- Carol Burke, MD
- Qiuyun Chen, PhD, MBA
- Larry Decipida, PA-C
- Robert Fairchild, PhD
- Stuart Flechner, MD
- Brian Griffin, MD
- George Haber, MD
- Betul Hatipoglu, MD
- Jihad Kaouk, MD
- Drogo Montague, MD
- Saul Nurko, MD
- Emilio Poggio, MD
- Raymond Rackley, MD
- Edmund Sabanegh, MD
- Ryan Williams, MD
- Hadley Wood, MD
- Robert Zimmerman, MD
- Gregory Afanador, Medical Secretary
- Lisa McKenzie, Medical Assistant
- Rev. Brian Shields, MMHC Chaplain
Actor Bill Cobbs and Dr. Charles Modlin Discuss Minority Mens Health Fair
2016 Health Fair
Save the Date!
14th Annual Minority Men’s Health Fair
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Cleveland Clinic – Glickman Tower/Miller Pavilion
The Minority Men’s Health Fair offers free screenings and information on topics including*:
- Blood Pressure
- Body Mass Index
- Bone Density
- Dental Screening
- Heart Disease
- Hepatitis C
- Lung Health
- Kidney Function
- Oral Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
- Sickle Cell
- Skin Cancer
- Vision Screenings
*Please be advised that the list of screenings is just a reference and may be subject to change.
Dr. Charles Modlin, Director of the Minority Men’s Health Center, was honored as the 2016 Black Professional of the Year by the Black Professionals Association Charitable Foundation (BPACF). Learn more about the challenges of healthcare disparities among minorities as well as Dr. Modlin’s work with the Minority Men’s Health Center and the Minority Men’s Health Fair.
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