When Glenn Ellis, Sr. enrolled in the pre-med program at the University of Pennsylvania more than three decades ago, it was just the first step in his lifelong commitment to ensuring the health and well-being of others. The Birmingham, Alabama native has earned a well-deserved reputation as an internationally respected health educator and complementary medicine consultant. His second book, Information is the Best Medicine, will be released in the winter of 2011.
After the University of Pennsylvania, Ellis continued his studies at the International College of Bio-Dynamics and the Atlantic Academy of Classical Homeopathy. In his professional capacity, Ellis lectures on both traditional and non-traditional medical methodologies.
He maintains a busy lecture schedule in the U.S. and abroad, where he highlights health disparities and medical ethics. Ellis speaks at churches and community centers and is a popular and well sought-after university guest lecturer. He has made scientific presentations in Belgium, Germany, Cuba, and The Netherlands.
Ellis publishes a weekly web health column for EURweb.com, the premier online source for urban “infotainment.” EURweb.com attracts 1.2 million visitors each month, and the site’s daily e-mailed newsletter has a database of 72,000 subscribers (including a large celebrity list), which reaches over 1.4 million readers. His health columns, published weekly, are read by millions nationwide, throughBlackPressUSA.com and BlackVoices.com. Ellis is a frequent contributor to Real Health Magazine, The Black AIDS Institute Newsletter, as well as The National Medical Association’s, Healthy Living magazine.
For years, health-conscious Philadelphians have tuned into his weekly radio broadcasts and commentary, where Ellis can be relied upon to dispense practical medical information. Ellis’ unique broadcasts are now heard in 53 U.S. markets and 53 countries around the world through health commentaries on Radioscope, broadcast via the Armed Forces Radio Network. Radio stations carrying the program include Radio One, Clear Channel, Citadel, Beasley, KJLH (Los Angeles) and Cumulus. In addition to his columns which appear weekly in The Philadelphia Tribune, Ellis remains a favorite radio guest and commentator in Philadelphia on WURD-AM, WIP-AM, WDAS-AM/FM, and for years, previously, on WHAT-AM , former talk radio.
Ellis serves on the Institutional Review Board and the Ethics Committee of Mercy Health Systems in Philadelphia. In 2005, he became a member of the Institutional Review Board of Thomas Jefferson Health Systems. In these roles, Ellis is actively involved in studying the disparities of education and protection of rights, particularly, for African Americans involved in clinical trials and healthcare.
He was Guest Lecturer at the IV International Symposium on Bioethics in Ukraine’s capital city, Kiev, where his abstract was published under the auspices of the esteemed European Science Foundation and in the Journal of Philosophy and Ethics in the Ukraine.
He was a part of the Black Media Delegation at the 2010 International AIDS Conference in Vienna, Austria, and presented recently presented on Inclusion and Retention of African Americans in Clinical Trials in Havana. He has presented at four similar conferences on health equity and disparities in Cuba since 2005.
In February 2007, he co-authored an academic paper, African American Experience with Health Care: The Case for Specific Content in Cross-Cultural Education, which was published in The Journal of Academic Medicine. His paper, Medical Education for the 21st Century – Teaching for Health Equity, was presented at international conferences in 2008.
He is a member of the Review Staff of the American Journal of Public Health, The Association of Healthcare Journalists, and was a Founding Editor-at-Large for BlackDoctor.org.
In addition to serving on the Board of Universal Charter Schools and Communities In Schools Philadelphia, he was recently appointed to serve on the Blue Ribbon Commission on Youth Violence by the Mayor and School superintendent of Philadelphia.
He serves as a health policy advisor to the Chairman of the Pennsylvania Black Legislative Caucus, and recently became a Board Member of Communities In Schools in Philadelphia.
Ellis was a Borough Councilman in Yeadon, Pennsylvania until 2001, serving as Chair of the Public Health and Safety Committee.
Ellis was a Lead Consultant on cultural competency for the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health on its’ system transformation to more culturally competent care.
Ellis is President of Strategies for Well-Being, LLC, a health education and consulting company headquartered in Philadelphia, where he consults with national corporate clients on promoting and providing health education for consumers and providers.