Dr. Oliver T. Brooks
Felton Institute Board Member
- Felton Board Member since March 2022
- Member, Governance Committee
Dr. Oliver T. Brooks
Oliver Tate Brooks, M.D. joined the Felton Board of Directors in March 2022 and serves on the Board’s Governance Committee.
Dr. Brooks received his undergraduate degree in biology from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia in 1977, graduating in three years. While at Morehouse, he received the Frederick E. Mapp Prize in Biology for excellence in biology. Dr. Brooks received his medical degree in 1981 from Howard University College of Medicine, where he was a summer instructor in biochemistry. He completed a residency in Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital-Oakland, where he practiced for four years before accepting a position at Watts Healthcare Corporation.
Dr. Brooks is Chief Medical Officer and past Chief of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine at Watts Healthcare Corporation in Los Angeles, California (CA) where he also serves as the Medical Director of the Jordan and Locke High School Wellness Centers. He is a Medical Director for L.A. Care Health Plan, one of the nation’s largest Medicaid managed care plans whose mission is “to provide access to quality health care for Los Angeles County’s vulnerable and low-income communities and residents”. Dr. Brooks holds staff appointments at Centinela Hospital in Inglewood, CA and Martin Luther King Community Hospital in South Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Brooks is immediate Past-Chair of the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County, a consortium of 43 community health centers in the southern California.
Dr. Brooks is the immediate Past President of the National Medical Association (NMA), and has held several leadership positions within the NMA, including at the state and local level, as Past President of the Golden State (CA) Medical Association and Past President of the Miller-Lawrence Medical and Dental (local) Society.
Dr. Brooks is a present Board member and Past President of the California Immunization Coalition and Chairman of the Immunize LA Families Coalition. He was a member of the national Leadership Panel for the Adolescent Immunization Initiative (AII), which advocated successfully for adding a column on the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice’s (ACIP) Center for Disease Prevention and Prevention and Control (CDC) yearly vaccine recommendations in 2017.
In June 2020, Dr. Brooks asked to, and joined the ACIP COVID-19 Work Group, discussing and making recommendations to the ACIP regarding COVID-19 vaccines. Dr. Brooks was appointed to the Health and Human Services (HHS) COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force. He is Co-Chair of the CA State COVID-19 Vaccine Development Work Group, charged by the Governor with determining the allocation of COVID-19 vaccine in CA. He is also a member of the COVID-19 Vaccine Western State Scientific Safety Workgroup. In July 2021, Dr. Brooks was appointed by HHS Secretary of Xavier Becerra to the ACIP, one of 15 voting members. The ACIP provides recommendations on the use of all vaccines in the USA, and is considered the most critical and influential Committee of the CDC.
Dr. Brooks is a member of the Best Practices Leadership, of the Right Care University of Best Practices, a group dedicated to reducing heart disease in CA and nationally, and is past Chair of the CA Primary Care Association’s (CPCA) Clinician Committee. Dr. Brooks is a Board member, American Kidney Fund, the University Kidney Research Organization and Ross University Schools of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine.
His community service extends beyond health and wellness and includes serving as Past President of the Long Beach Museum of Art’s Board of Trustees, and past member of the Board of Directors, Long Beach Symphony Orchestra.
Dr. Brooks has received numerous honors and awards; he was honored by the National Council of Negro Women, Long Beach CA for Outstanding Service to the Community and in 2017, was a Wall of Excellence for Medicine awardee for Long Beach 2016 Black History Month. In 2019, Dr. Brooks was honored as one of the Top Blacks in Health Care by BlackDoctor.org.
Dr. Brooks is a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi and Sigma Pi Phi (the Boule) fraternities. He is married to his wife of 34 years, Lisa and has two children, Alana and Joseph.