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Dr. Uché Blackstock is the founder and CEO of Advancing Health Equity (AHE), appears regularly on MSNBC and NBC News, and is a former associate professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and the former faculty director for recruitment, retention, and inclusion in the Office of Diversity Affairs at NYU School of Medicine. 

In 2019, Dr. Blackstock founded AHE with the mission of partnering with healthcare organizations to dismantle racism in healthcare and to close the gap in racial health inequities.  In its five years of existence, AHE has helped major companies, hospitals, and health systems create strategic plans for promoting equitable health care moving forward.

Dr. Blackstock has received numerous awards, including the American Medical Women’s Association’s 2021 Presidential Award, the 2021 Harvard Humanist of the Year, and the NAACP Brooklyn Chapter’s 2022 Valiant Service Award. Her writing, including numerous OpEds, has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, Scientific American, the Washington Post and New York Magazine. 

She was recognized by Forbes magazine, in 2019, as one of “10 Diversity and Inclusion Trailblazers You Need to Get Familiar With”, in 2023 by Fortune Magazine as one of “13 Innovators Shaping the Future of Health”, and in 2024, as one of TIME’s “100 Most Influential People in Health”.

Dr. Blackstock received both her undergraduate and medical degrees from Harvard University, making her and her twin sister, Oni, the first Black mother-daughter legacy graduates from Harvard Medical School. Dr. Blackstock’s generational memoir, LEGACY: A Black Physician Reckons with Racism in Medicine was published by Viking Books on January 23, 2024 and became an instant New York Times best-seller.

Dr. Blackstock currently lives in her hometown of Brooklyn, New York, with her two school-age children.