Focus on NFL star’s care belies medical racism in US

Focus on NFL star’s care belies medical racism in US

As a historian of medical racism, I have watched the overwhelming media response to NFL player Damar Hamlin’s heart-stopping on-field injury with a combination of uneasiness and disbelief. On the major cable news channels, the startling collapse of the Buffalo Bills...

The Great Divide: Racism in Medicine

As an African-American dermatologist, I must deal with the notion that my privilege does not shield me from bias and discrimination. My mother is a practicing pediatrician. Her father was a dentist during the roaring days of Harlem. One of my lifelong goals is to...
How Structural Racism Affects Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Risk

How Structural Racism Affects Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Risk

Some choices – such as whether you exercise, smoke, or drink – can affect your health. But there aren’t many known risk factors for triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) you can control. This aggressive cancer type often arises in people who are younger than the...
The impact of racism on maternal health outcomes

The impact of racism on maternal health outcomes

America’s maternal mortality rate is the worst of all developed nations. There is truly no conversation about improving maternal health without health equityIt was a challenging year for those of us working to improve maternal and infant health outcomes. The...