Mark J. Wade, MD Wade
Mark J. Wade. M.D. is a board-certified pediatrician with subspecialty training and expertise in adolescent medicine. Dr. Wade did his undergraduate training at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of Technology in Troy, NY, receiving his B.S. in Biology in 1975, and attended medical school at the University of Florida in Gainesville and received his M.D. degree in 1980. Dr. Wade completed his pediatric internship training at Howard University Hospital and his residency in pediatrics at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx, NY in 1983. His subspecialty training in adolescent medicine was completed at St. Lukes-Roosevelt Hospital in New York City in 1988. Dr. Wade is a noted expert nationally and internationally for his work in pediatrics, prison healthcare, HIV/AIDS and medical missions work. Dr. Wade has served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of the National Medical Association (NMA).
Dr. Wade has committed his life to serving the neediest of the needy, both domestically and internationally. Here at home, Dr. Wade has spent the past 30 years delivering, developing systems for, and overseeing the provision of pediatric primary healthcare to children and adolescents in juvenile detention, foster care, and child welfare agencies, as well as creating and managing at the highest levels innovative primary care services in the extremely challenging New York City public health hospitals and clinics. In 1996, Dr. Wade founded Wade Healthcare Systems, Inc. (WHS), a physician owned and operated healthcare management and consulting company, whose philosophy is that quality comprehensive healthcare can be delivered to every segment of our population in a cost-effective manner, regardless of the economic or health status of the target group. With a particular commitment to and expertise in urban healthcare, WHS’ goal is to improve the overall health status of urban communities and decrease healthcare disparities through education, comprehensive primary care delivery, and systems enhancement of agencies and organizations charged with serving these communities. Not only has Dr. Wade’s work in the prison health, child welfare and HIV/AIDS arenas brought him national recognition as an expert and compassionate physician, but Dr. Wade’s prison healthcare company, Healthstar Plus, Inc. (HSP), secured the contract with the New York City Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) from 2003-2006 to provide the medical and dental services to all of the youth, 8-16 years of age, arrested and detained in the 5 boroughs of New York.
In 2012, Dr. Wade established Tomorrow's Leaders Consulting Services, Inc. (TLCS), a consulting service designed to assist students in their college and professional school application process, as a means to have a positive impact on the education of our nation's adolescents and young adults. TLCS’ mission is to enable every student to have the best opportunity to gain entrance into the college, university or professional school of their choice and to prepare the student and their family to be successful in the application process. TLCS is here to help students and their families “win” in the college admission process so that our students can be prepared to “win in life”.
Dr. Wade has been doing international medical missions work in Africa, the Caribbean, Central and South America and Southeast Asia for over 17 years, and in 2001 received the National Medical Association (NMA) Humanitarian Award “in recognition of dedicated service and international humanitarian efforts”. This same year, Dr. Wade and his wife took $25,000 of their personal savings and founded Arise and Walk Ministries Foundation, Inc. (AWMF), a non-profit, 501©3 medical missions organization whose mission is “to equip and empower the local church with the healthcare personnel, expertise and resources necessary to provide healthcare as an integral part of their missionary outreach to the nations of the world”. To date, AWMF has directly provided or financially and materially supported the provision of life-saving healthcare to more than 100,000 people worldwide, most of whom are in Africa, Haiti and the other Caribbean Islands. AWMF’s pharmaceutical, medical supply and medical equipment donations to and through U.S. churches for this work is valued in the tens of millions.
In March 2005, Dr. Wade, through AWMF, traveled to Southeast Asia to encourage, support and provide medical care to the inhabitants of the tsunami torn countries of Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia at great risk to his own survival and personal safety. In September 2005, at the request of Dr. Larry Jones, AWMF board member and founder of internationally renown Feed the Children, Dr. Wade organized and lead a 20 member medical missions team to Gulfport and Biloxi, Mississippi to assist in the rescue efforts and provided emergency medical care to American citizens when Hurricane Katrina hit our gulf coast states. Humanitarian medical efforts like these moved the National Medical Association to recognize Dr. Wade in 2006, for the second time in just five years, with another of its highest honors, the “NMA Meritorious Achievement Award”, for outstanding clinical care and compassion in the delivery of medical care.
In response to the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Dr. Wade organized and led AWMF medical mission teams to provide life-saving healthcare to Haitian citizens directly impacted by the earthquake the first week of each month for the first 6 months after the earthquake. Dr. Wade and AWMF continue to provide medical care and support to the people of Haiti as they rebuild their lives and their nation.
For more than 30 years, Dr. Wade has mentored countless students, adults, athletes and peers from all walks of life through the "challenges of life", both personal and professionals, and is frequently sought after to be a stabilizing and maturing voice and role model for those in need.
Last but not least, Dr. Wade, an ordained minister, resides in Saddle River, New Jersey with his wife of 31 years, Mayra Suero-Wade, DDS, MPH, and their three children, Mark Jr. (26), Christopher (23) and Amber (19). ;