The Panacea Financial Foundation Board of Directors Adds Three Distinguished Physicians

Doctors Payne, Awosika, and Casillas bring additional experience and depth to grant and scholarship selection

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - ArkaSun -- Panacea Financial, a division of Primis that provides financial services for doctors through all stages of their education, training and practice, is honored to announce the addition of three new members of the Panacea Financial Foundation Board of Directors.

The Panacea Financial Foundation was formed by Panacea Financial to strengthen the underrepresented ethnic and racial minority pipeline of physicians with a consistent commitment of financial and administrative support to physician-trainees, aspiring physicians, and not-for-profits.

One of the primary duties of the Panacea Financial Foundation Board of Directors is to select the winners of yearly scholarships and bi-yearly grants. Scholarships provide $5,000 to selected medical school students, and grants award $1,000 to post-grad residents and fellows to aid in furthering their education and training.

The three new board members are:

Dr. Gregory Payne is an Associate Professor of Medicine and a cardiovascular physician-scientist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham as well as the Chair-Elect of the American Heart Association's Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology Early Career Committee.

Dr. Bi Awosika is an academic hospitalist and Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, recently transitioning as the Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Dr. Carlos (Tony) Casillas is currently an Internal Medicine & Pediatric hospital medicine fellow at Cincinnati Children's Hospital and University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

Jeral Self, PhD, MPH, Executive Director of the Panacea Financial Foundation, said, "Our board of directors plays an integral role to the foundation's core mission of providing ongoing support to underrepresented minorities within the physician workforce. Doctors Payne, Awosika and Casillas bring additional specialty experience, perspectives and depth to our Board of Directors. We are grateful and enthused to have them join us."

Doctors Payne, Awosika and Casillas join existing board members Javier Baez, MD, Ray Bignall, MD, Latoya Brathwaite, MD, Ludwig Francillon, MD and Megan Gunn, MD.

Panacea Financial is a financial services company created for doctors, by doctors on the premise that traditional banks simply do not understand the financial needs of medical, dental and veterinary professionals. Panacea provides tailored product offerings and service delivery designed specifically for doctors throughout their career: from school, through residency and fellowship, and into practice.

For more information about the Panacea Financial Foundation grants and scholarships, visit:

About Panacea Financial
Panacea Financial, a division of Primis, is a nationwide financial services company offering products in all 50 states as well as Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. Panacea offers a full suite of banking solutions specifically built for doctors, by doctors.

Source: Panacea Financial

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