Flint physician who took up fight against lead named among TIME's 100 most influential people

Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, a physician with Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Mich., has been named to TIME's list of the 100 most influential people in the world for her efforts to bring attention to the lead crisis and protect residents.

"I am honored and humbled to be on the TIME 100 Most Influential People list. However, the most influential people in my world are the people of Flint — the smart, strong and resilient people of Flint that are approaching their third year of unsafe water," Dr. Hanna-Attisha said in a statement. "I hope this recognition continues to bring awareness to the ongoing Flint water crisis, and the very human story behind the crisis."

Dr. Hanna-Attisha was recognized along with Marc Edwards, PhD, the Blacksburg-based Virginia Tech professor who performed the initial research that brought light to the elevated levels of lead in Flint. 

Dr. Hanna-Attisha is also director of the Michigan State University and Hurley Children's Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative. 

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HHS sends assistant surgeon general to Flint to assist in managing medical infrastructure 
Why your community's water could be as contaminated as Flint's: 3 things to know 

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