Our Legacy in Practice: A Physician's Story

Our Legacy in Practice: A Physician's Story_Index

The AMA supports advancing health equity in medicine for patients and physicians of marginalized and minoritized experience. In Our Legacy in Practice: A Physician's Story, the AMA profiles five physicians from different parts of the country to explore their experiences, challenges and successes as historically marginalized physicians.

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Medicine doesn’t stand still, and neither do we. AMA members don’t just keep up with medicine—they shape its future.

The five-part video series looks at the past, present and future visions of these physicians who serve various communities across the country. The featured physicians share their dreams and journeys, revealing what community and structural support, systemic challenges and barriers and cultural narratives they experienced along the way. Each physician's story investigates different topics including health care equity, medical education, historical and contemporary forms of oppression, and self-acceptance.

Each Monday, beginning on Sept. 18 and ending Oct. 16, a different physician will be profiled.

Nicole Riddle, MD

The fifth and final installment of this series, released on Oct. 16, features Nicole Riddle, MD.

"If we want to train good physicians that think of all of their patients, putting them in that shoe or on those wheels for a day or two, would really be eye opening."

Dr. Riddle is a staff pathologist providing services at Tampa General Hospital doing general anatomic pathology with a focus in bone & soft tissue, neuropath, GI, and derm. She's associate professor, associate residency program director, and program research liaison for the Department of Pathology and Cell Biology, USF Health Morsani College of Medicine.

Adrian Ambrose, MD, MPH

The fourth installment in the series, released on Oct. 9, features Adrian Ambrose, MD, MPH, FAPA.

"Make the world a little bit better... That's the running mantra that I've been carrying in my heart as I navigate this life, this career in medicine."

Dr. Ambrose is currently the medical director of the Psychiatry Faculty Practice Organization at Columbia University. Integrating business development with clinical medicine, he also previously served as a subspecialist consultant in operations management and design thinking for industry through the Mass General Brigham Connected Health.

Javier Guevara Jr., MD, FAAFP

The third installment in the series, released on Oct. 2, features Javier Guevara Jr., MD, FAAFP.

"I love my job because of the human interactions, but to be able to hold someone's hand and be there for them and fulfill that calling of being a healer is phenomenal."

Dr. Guevara is a board-certified family physician at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. His clinical interests include LGBTQ health, academic medicine, and leadership development. He earned his Doctor of Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Ciciley Littlewolf, MD

The second episode in the series, released on Sept. 25, features Ciciley Littlewolf, MD.

"If your spiritual health is not doing well, then you cannot heal your physical self. Becoming a doctor and learning Western medicine, it's really important that I bring my own foundation and culture to my work environment."

Dr. Littlewolf is an internal medicine specialist in Fargo, North Dakota who grew up on the northern Cheyenne reservation. She graduated from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences.

Osose Oboh, MD, MPH

The first episode in the series, released on Sept. 18, focuses on Osose Oboh, MD, MPH.

"In the future I want to see more people that look like me in med schools  and in the hospitals as physicians across the nation."

Dr. Oboh is a physician, visual storyteller, world traveler and advocate for minorities pursuing careers in medicine. She completed medical school at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and is currently a second-year resident in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Osler program.