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Congratulations to the 2021-2022 AMA-SHLI Medical Justice in Advocacy fellows.

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The American Medical Association (AMA) and the Satcher Health Leadership Institute (SHLI) at Morehouse School of Medicine are proud to announce the selection of 12 dynamic physician-leaders as the inaugural cohort of fellows for the AMA-SHLI Medical Justice in Advocacy Fellowship.

The fellows were selected from over 300 applicants from across the United States and represent a diverse field of medical professionals in multiple specialties. Together, the fellows will generate and exchange solutions and implement health equity projects that inform policy to ensure optimal health for all. Under the mentorship of renowned multidisciplinary health equity experts, fellows will mobilize to be part of the next generation of advocacy leaders, driving meaningful policy and structural changes that produce equity and justice in the communities they serve. 

The inaugural AMA-SHLI Medical Justice in Advocacy Fellowship will run from Sept. 2021–Nov. 2022.

Eileen Barrett, MD, MPH

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University of New Mexico

Eileen Barrett, MD, MPH, is an associate professor of medicine and director of continuing medical education at the University of New Mexico. She is a multi-state district chair and past president of the New Mexico chapter of the Society of Hospital Medicine, and in 2020 received the chapter’s Physician of the Year Award. 

Read Dr. Barret's full bio (PDF).



Amber Clark, MD

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University of Alabama at Birmingham

Amber Clark, MD, is an assistant professor in the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She also works as a stroke consult physiatrist where she diagnoses and treats acute rehabilitation needs. Her work focuses on how intersectionality of disability and disparities creates more disparate circumstances. 

Read Dr. Clark's full bio (PDF).



Charles Calvin Coleman, MD

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Louisiana State University Health Science Center

Charles Calvin Coleman, MD, works at the Louisiana State University Health Science Center in New Orleans as a full-time associate professor in psychiatry. His work focuses on supporting families of children with developmental disabilities and providing community-based psychiatric services, as well as studying the impact of social determinants on the psychiatric diagnostic process and treatment selection. 

Read Dr. Coleman's full bio (PDF).



Lorenzo Antonio Gonzalez, MD, MPL

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Harbor UCLA Family Medicine

Lorenzo Antonio Gonzalez, MD, MPL, is the chief resident for Harbor UCLA’s Family Medicine Residency and also serves as the Southern California vice president for the Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR-SEIU). His interests are in the impact of the built environment on chronic diseases, equitable affordable housing and economic development.

Read Dr. Gonzalez's full bio (PDF).



Omar Guzman, MD

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Kaweah Health

Omar Guzman, MD, a board certified emergency medicine physician, serves as a core faculty member for the Kaweah Health Emergency Medicine residency program and is the director of undergraduate medical education at Kaweah Delta Health Care District. His interests are in addressing the social determinants of health through community engagement and advocacy.

Read Dr. Guzman's full bio (PDF).



Kamaal A. Jones, MD

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Los Angeles County Medical Hub Clinics

Kamaal Jones, MD, is a class of 2021 graduate from the Stanford Pediatrics residency program. Dr. Jones will be continuing his focus on health equity work as he transitions to serving as a pediatrician for children in the foster-care and child welfare system in LA County’s High Desert Regional Health Center Hub clinic. 

Read Dr. Jones' full bio (PDF).



Kameryn J. Lee, MD, MSPH

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FOLX Health, Inc.

Kameryn J. Lee, MD, MSPH, is the vice president for medical affairs and health equity at FOLX Health, a telehealth company that focuses on competent and affirming queer and trans health care delivery. Dr. Lee’s practice has focused on advanced laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgery for multiple conditions, and transgender medicine.  

Read Dr. Lee's full bio (PDF).



Melissa Palma, MD, MPH

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Cook County Health

Melissa Palma, MD, MPH, is currently a family medicine and preventive medicine resident at Cook County Health in Chicago, Illinois. She is a physician mentor and research and education co-chair with the Council of Young Filipinx Americans in Medicine. Additionally, she also serves as the medical and public health advisor for, a culturally-tailored COVID-19 resource for Filipinx/a/o Americans available in English and Tagalog.

Read Dr. Palma's full bio (PDF).



Avani K. Patel, MD, MHA

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University of Mississippi Medical Center

Avani K. Patel, MD, MHA, is currently a psychiatry resident physician at the University of Mississippi Medical Center with plans to pursue a child and adolescent fellowship in the future. Dr. Patel is a passionate mental health advocate who is committed to breaking down barriers to provide optimal health for all.

Read Dr. Patel's full bio (PDF).



Shilpen Patel, MD

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Genentech/Sutter Health

Shilpen Patel, MD, is a radiation oncologist and is a principal medical director at Genentech, where he serves as the health equity and inclusive research director. He currently serves on the board of the Horizons Foundation, Phi Chi Medical Foundation, the board of Radiating Hope and the board of RAD-AID International.

Read Dr. Patel's full bio (PDF).



Maya Ragavan, MD, MPH, MS

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University of Pittsburgh/Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Maya Ragavan, MD, MPH, MS, is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh and is a general pediatrician and health services researcher. She uses a community-based participatory research approach, with inclusion of community partners as research co-creators. She also has been involved with community-partnered vaccine equity work in Pittsburgh.

Read Dr. Ragavan's full bio (PDF).



Ramona Rhodes, MD, MPH, MSCS

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Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System

Ramona Rhodes, MD, MPH, MSCS, is associate director for Health Services Research for the Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center of the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System and associate professor in the Department of Geriatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Her research centers on advance care planning, access to hospice and palliative care utilization for the underrepresented and underserved.

Read Dr. Rhodes' full bio (PDF).


For additional information on the fellowship and to follow the fellows’ activities, visit Medical Justice in Advocacy Fellowship program page

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