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Physician. Scientist. Advocate.


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I am a national award-winning, board-certified internal medicine physician, an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, and a health disparities researcher in the VA Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion. I received my medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City and my Master of Public Health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. I completed residency and a research fellowship in Internal Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.


My research focuses on racial and ethnic disparities in the use of novel medications and technologies, especially in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases. I have also applied my health equity framework to the COVID-19 pandemic. I am also passionate about diversifying the medical workforce and am the Director of the University of Pittsburgh’s Career Education and Enhancement for Healthcare Research Diversity (CEED) medical student scholars program. My passion for health equity and diversity in medicine has resulted in over $1 million in grants and national recognition including a 2019 National Minority Quality Forum 40 under 40 Leaders in Minority Health Award, a 2020 “30 Leaders under 40 Transforming Healthcare” by Business Insider, and the AAMC Herbert W. Nickens Award in 2021.


I am a proud New Yorker and the son of Nigerian immigrants. I enjoy reading (especially West African novels), running (marathoner x 2) traveling abroad, visiting new restaurants, and loudly singing show tunes from the award-winning musical "Hamilton" while tying my favorite clothing item: bowties. 


Recent News

Pharmacoequity: a new goal for ending disparities in U.S. health care
July 28, 2021
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Disparities Seen in Use of Standard of Care Blood Thinners for Atrial Fibrillation

July 29, 2021