Dr. Cunningham (left) presents Dr. Aluko (right) with his award.

The T. Reginald Harris Memorial Award is presented on behalf of The Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence to honor the life and memory of Dr. Harris, one of CCME’s founding members. The award serves as a lasting reminder of his commitment to health care quality and that optimal care begins with a focus on the patient. This year’s award recipient is Yele Aluko, MD, MBA, FACC, FSCAI.
Dr. Aluko was recognized for his 38 years of practicing medicine and his service to the Mecklenburg County medical community, including his contributions to the international character of the Charlotte area, and his life-long commitment to high-quality, patient-centered care in North Carolina and abroad.
As a practicing interventional cardiologist, specializing in complex coronary and structural heart interventions, he is known for his empathetic and disciplined manner and his equally strong focus on consensus and team building, mentorship and innovation.
Dr. Aluko serves as the senior vice president of Novant Health’s Heart and Vascular Services and as medical director at Novant Health’s Heart and Vascular Institute.
His passion for addressing health disparities led him to organize an annual series of Community Health Symposia in Mecklenburg County to raise awareness of racial and gender health inequities in the region.
Congratulations Dr. Aluko!