The following biographical sketch was compiled at the time of induction into the Academy in 2000 and 2002.
Dr. Sandral Hullett is Chief Executive Officer/Medical Director of Cooper Green Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama. A native of Birmingham, she earned her undergraduate degree in biology at Alabama A&M University, her medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania, and her Master's in Public Health from The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).
After completing her residency in Family Practice and fulfilling a National Health Services Corporation obligation, she pursued her interest in rural health care, including health care planning and delivery to the under-insured, and poor. Dr. Hullett has extensive experience in research, clinical trials, community outreach, and teaching direct care delivery. She serves as project director and principal investigator for several grants funded by the National Cancer Institute; the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; the Kellogg Foundation; the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; and the Ford Foundation.
Dr. Hullett is the co-author of numerous articles on health care issues faced by rural primary care communities. For her efforts in rural health, Dr. Hullett was honored with the National Rural Health Association's "Rural Practitioner of the Year" award in 1988, the National Association of Community Health Centers' "Clinical Recognition Award for Education and Training" in 1993, Leadership Alabama's "Distinguished Leadership Award" in 1996, and the National Black Churches Family Council's "Rural Leadership Image Award" in 1998.
Dr. Hullett served with great distinction for 19 years on the Board of Trustees of The University of Alabama. Her contributions to higher education were recognized in April 2001 when she received the national Distinguished Service Award in Trusteeship, the nation's top honor bestowed on a lay board member of a public university. Active in many local, state, and national organizations, she serves as a member of the Practicing Physicians Advisory Council for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; the Institute of Medicine; the National Academy of Sciences; Intercultural Cancer Council; the Steering Committee for the Alabama Partnership for Cancer Control in Underserved Populations; the Advisory Committee for the Minority Medical Education Program; the Institute of Medicine Committee on Environmental Justice; and the Institute of Medicine Committee on the Changing Market, Managed Care, and the Future Viability of Safety Net Providers.
Dr. Hullett has dedicated her career to improving rural health care for the citizens of Alabama and helping restructure the provision of health care statewide. Because of her efforts, countless Alabamians have access to health care who otherwise would have suffered neglect. Her work in this field will have a beneficial impact for generations to come.