About Me

Who I aM |

I grew up a 1st generation Ghanaian American in Scranton, Pennsylvania. I have three sisters, and loved watching Allen Iverson and the 76ers as a young dude.  I graduated from Princeton University in 2010 with a degree in Philosophy and African American Studies. After working at a halfway house for the mentally ill, I enrolled in UCSF Medical School in 2012, where I helped to start UCSF’s White Coats for Black Lives Chapter, and won Harvard University’s Zuckerman Fellowship to study public health policy. I am now completing residency at UCLA, where I have published on racial bias in JAMA Internal Medicine. I’m running for APA Resident-Fellow Member Trustee. I love basketball, writing, working out, and dominos (with Domino’s). 

my work| 2 date

I’m passionate about the role and impact of racial and gender bias in patient care & resident training and wellness. You can find some of that work here.


Ongoing work explores how identities influence societal value. To that end, I'm questioning the gender wage gap within academic medicine as well as the relationship between competition and racial composition among residencies and across specialties. Additionally, I have a strong interest in underserved psychiatric care, which is why I am currently studying how line extensions of atypical antipsychotics impact Medicaid expenditures. 

   |   Leadership Roles
  • 2014 Co-Founder: UCSF White Coats 4 Black Lives Chapter

  • 2014 Co-Founder: UCSF Underrepresented In Medicine Mental Health Initiative

  • 2012- 2013 UCSF Student National Medical Association Co-President ​


   Awards and Honors  |  

  • 2018-2019 APA SAMHSA Minority Fellow​​​​​​​​​​​​

  • 2019-2021 Fellow, Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry

  • 2015-2016 Zuckerman Fellow, Harvard            University Center for Public Leadership


You can find my full CV here >>

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