National Minority Quality Forum Announces 2022 “40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health” Award Recipients

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF) announced its 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health for 2022.

Since 2016, NMQF has selected 40 minority health leaders under the age of 40 who have been leading the charge to better patient outcomes and build sustainable healthy communities. These leaders are clinicians, patient advocates, researchers and policy makers. Despite the unexpected trials in health care during the past couple of years, these 40 leaders persevered in strengthening their communities and reducing health disparities.

“This year’s class of health leaders is outstanding and represents the progress to come in our healthcare industry,” said Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust Chair Rep. Robin Kelly. “These young leaders are working to eliminate health inequities and improve outcomes across the country. Their dedication is inspiring, and I know that their intelligence, care and determination will contribute to a healthcare system that works to heal everyone.”

Gary A. Puckrein, Ph.D., President and CEO of NMQF, echoed Rep. Kelly’s sentiment.

“When I founded this organization nearly 25 years ago, I never imagined I would have the opportunity to work with and learn from these young leaders that have been on the front lines, doing the work, keeping us educated, safe and healthy during this coronavirus pandemic.” he said. “I am honored to welcome our 7th class of 40 Under 40 honorees.”

The 40 Under 40 Winners will receive their awards during the 2022 NMQF Summit on Health Disparities and Spring Health Braintrust April 25th and 26th. For information and registration, please visit

40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health for 2022

Ayrenne Adams, MD MPH
Clinical Assistant Professor; Clinical Director, Social Determinants of Health
Department of Medicine, NYU Grossman School of Medicine; NYC Health + Hospitals

Luyi Adesanya, MPH, MBA, CPH
Clinical Research Trainee
UT Southwestern

Joshua Anthony, MD, MBA
Founder, Physician
DOCNAT1ON, Doctors For The Culture, Meharry Made, YANA Health

Minerva Angelica Romero Arenas, MD, MPH, FACS
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Weill Cornell Medicine

Kavita Shah Arora, MD, MBE, MS
Division Director and Associate Professor
University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

Disha Banik
Senior Legislative Assistant
U.S. House of Representatives: Congressman & Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries

Taison D. Bell, MD, MBA
Assistant Professor of Medicine
University of Virginia School of Medicine

Joel A. Bervell, MS
Medical Student/ Social Media Medical Educator
Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

Alec Calac
MD/PhD Candidate
UC San Diego School of Medicine and Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science

Nicole Del Castillo, MD, MPH
Director of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
University of Iowa’s Carver College of Medicine

Faith Crittenden, MD, MPH
Resident Physician
American Medical Association

Miraj U. Desai, PhD
Assistant Professor
Yale School of Medicine

Olayinka Stephen Fadowole, PharmD
Pharmacy Manager

Eldesia L. Granger MD, MPH, FAAP, FACP
Principal Health and Life Sciences Advisor
The MITRE Corporation

Aubrey J. Grant, MD
Cardiovascular Disease Fellow
Georgetown University/Medstar Heart & Vascular Institute

Sejal Hathi, MD, MBA
Senior Policy Advisor, the White House
Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Madhuri Jha, LCSW, MPH
Executive Director
Kennedy-Satcher Center for Mental Health Equity, Morehouse School of Medicine

Ifedayo Kuye, MD MBA
Associate Medical Director of Value Based Care and Assistant Professor of Medicine
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Joy C Liu, MD
Resident Physician
Kaiser Permanente Oakland

Camila M. Mateo, MD, MPH
Instructor in Pediatrics
Harvard Medical School/Boston Children’s Hospital

Kendra B. McDow, MD, MPH, FAAP
Chief Medical Officer
Baltimore City Health Department

Chelsea Mooreland, MD
Founder & CEO
Life Cycle Direct Primary Care

Timiya S. Nolan, PhD, APRN-CNP, ANP-BC
Assistant Professor
The Ohio State University College of Nursing

Olugbenga T. Okusanya MD, FACS
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Thomas Jefferson University

Estefania Oliveros, MD, MSc, FACC, FACP
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Temple University Hospital

Adeiyewunmi (Ade) Osinubi
Medical Student
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Aysha Pamukcu, JD
Policy Fund Initiative Officer
San Francisco Foundation

Tracy K. Paul, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Weill Cornell Medicine

Paulo G. Pontemayor, MPH
Director of Government Relations
Catholic Health Association of the United States

LaShanta Rice, PhD
Behavior Scientist
Johnson and Johnson

Witzard Seide, MD FAAP
Deployment Medical Officer
Commissioned Corps Headquarters, Office of the Surgeon General

Nakiya N. Showell, MD, MPH, MHS
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, General Pediatrician, Medical Director of the Harriet Lane Clinic, Associate Program Director of Pediatrics Residency Program
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

LT. Dantrell L. Simmons, DrPH, MA
Lead Public Health Advisor
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Alexandra M. Sims, MD, MPH, FAAP
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

S. Monica Soni, MD
Associate Chief Medical Officer
New Century Health

Kevin U Stephens Jr., MD, MBA
Senior Medical Director
Oak Street Health

Earl Stewart, Jr., MD, FACP
Internal Medicine Physician
Wellstar Medical Group of Wellstar Health System, Inc.

David Trotter, MD, FACEP
Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine
Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center

Eloho Ufomata, MD, MS, FACP
Assistant Professor of Medicine
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Tiffani Bell Washington MD, FAPA
Physician/Health Policy, Trustee
T H Chan School of Public Health


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