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Hunter College welcomes Ugo Ezenkwele, MD, MPH to speak at Pre-Health Advising’s November Doctor Speaker Series. Dr. Ezenkwele is Chief, Mount Sinai Queens Department of Emergency Medicine & Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He has won numerous awards, and as an academician, he has lectured on numerous emergency medicine topics, most notably injury prevention, diversity in medical education and health disparities.
A graduate of the Johns Hopkins University schools of medicine and public health, he was awarded a William J. Fulbright Scholar Fellowship that resulted in the development of trauma and injury surveillance systems for the 21 countries of the Caribbean. He returned home and completed a residency in emergency medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
Post residency, as a faculty member at the NYU Department of Emergency Medicine, he received several awards including a Herbert W. Nickens Faculty Fellowship from the American Association of Medical Colleges, a faculty-mentoring award for his efforts with the NYU Langone School of Medicine’s Masters Scholar Program and a Visionary Educator Award from the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM). While at NYU, he founded a program dedicated to increasing the numbers of minorities in medicine.
At Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center, he created the Woodhull Emergency Department Clinical Aide Research and Educational Program (WECARE), which provides clinical and educational opportunities for under-represented pre-medical and pre-physician assistant students. He has been the vice chair of the Academy of Diversity & Inclusion in Emergency Medicine of SAEM and the past president of the Emergency Medicine Section of the National Medical Association.
In these roles, he has been dedicated to making policy changes that have a lasting effect on the next generation of physician leaders and the communities they serve.