Meet the Founder
Dr. Michael LeNoir
Physician | Healer | Community Activist | Communicator | Family Man
A Career That Started in Service
Dr. LeNoir didn’t always start out in pediatrics. After completing his B.S. and M.S. at the University of Texas, Dr. LeNoir completed his residency in the U.S. Army at the Galveston, TX army base. And after a fellowship at the University of California, San Diego Medical Center, Dr. LeNoir continued serving in the U.S. Army for 10 years at the Letterman Army Medical Center in San Francisco, CA, becoming the youngest Lieutenant Colonel in the Core and receiving the Army Commendation Medal. With a great service career as the allergy consultant to the 6th Army Area, Dr. LeNoir later returned as a Reserve to Fort Bragg, CA during the Persian Gulf War, to round out his service to our country. And he wouldn’t have been able to do any of this without his late wife and her mother-in-law, who came to live with their family after the girls were born.
Beyond a Physician, a Public Servant
He’s just your neighborhood doc, just another world-renowned immunologist, the only pediatrician you and your community trust, the force behind bringing Black health and access to quality care for the past 30 years. And he’s still at it today.
“We haven’t done enough.” Dr. LeNoir, a legacy already himself, the African American Wellness Project is a legacy he has been building. With the launch of the “And Black America” series in June 2022, Dr. LeNoir and the Project has recommitted themselves to providing knowledge, resources, and tangible tools to the African American communities as a way of taking back their health. “Healthcare is a fundamental right.”
In 1998, the Oakland Tribune and the New Oakland Committee awarded Dr. LeNoir the Oakland Citizen of the Year Award.
Dr. LeNoir has been the CEO of the Ethnic Health America Network. He is currently CEO and Chairperson of the African American Wellness Project and the host and producer of the Black Doctors Speak Podcast. Dr. Michael A. LeNoir is a board-certified, full-time practicing pediatrician and allergist in Oakland, California. A nationally recognized expert on asthma in inner cities, he also serves as president of the Ethnic Health Institute at Alta Bates/Summit Medical Center and associate clinical professor in pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. He has practiced clinical allergy and pediatrics in the Bay Area since 1977 and has been an active member of the National Medical Association(NMA) since 1975.