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Ana E. Núñez

Ana E. Núñez, MD

Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Professor of Medicine

Department: Medicine: Division of Internal Medicine

Specialties: Internal Medicine


  • MD - Hahnemann University Hospital

Memberships / Professional Affiliations


  • Chair, Northeast Consortium on Cross-Cultural Care and Medical Practice
  • National Consortium for Multicultural Education and Health Professionals
  • Society for General Internal Medicine
  • American Medical Women's Association
  • National Academy on Women's Health Education
  • Board, Women Against Abuse

Previous Memberships

  • Congreso de Latinos Unidos
  • Medical Committee, Southeastern Pennsylvania Family Planning Council

Other Languages Spoken


During her time in clinical practice, Ana Núñez, MD, was a practicing internist in Center City Philadelphia, specializing in community health education and sex and gender medicine. She was committed to a holistic, patient-centered approach to care – attending to unique issues for the individual patient. She has expertise in how sex and gender impact health care and outcomes, for men as well as women, as well as nutrition and health, women’s heart health, health literacy, minority health, the impact of culture on health, and primary care education.

Dr. Núñez has developed innovative community outreach programming on improving access, providing practical tips on wellness and disease prevention, and managing chronic illness. Her Philadelphia Ujima project has more than 28 region-wide collaborators working together to improve the health of people living in Southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Clinical Services

Physical examination, Primary care, Internal medicine, Women's health, Pelvic examination, Chronic disease prevention, Health disparities, Genito-urinary examinations


  • Health Services Research - Association of American Medical Colleges
  • Medical Education - Michigan State University


  • Internal Medicine - Hahnemann University Hospital (1987)


  • Internal Medicine - Hahnemann University Hospital (1986)

Ana Núñez, MD, is the associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion. She is also the director of the Center of Excellence in Women's Health and director of the Women’s Health Education Program at Drexel University College of Medicine.

In addition to her medical training, Dr. Núñez completed the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program for Women at Drexel University College of Medicine in 2005. She is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor society.

She is a nationally recognized medical educator in women’s health, curricular reform and cultural competency, and has served as the principal investigator in a number of educational and health services research grants in women’s health and culturally effective health care. She has received funding by the U.S. Department of Education Fund for Improvement of Post-Secondary Education Grant for Disseminating Proven Reforms for her work in women’s health education. She has developed and implemented novel curricula for all levels of medical training, from first- through fourth-year students, as well as residents, faculty and for other health professional disciplines.

Dr. Núñez has developed varied educational interventions including a women's health education series that has been successfully integrated and evaluated within the medical school's curricular tracks. She serves as the editor of a comprehensive women's health case study series entitled "Healthy Women, Healthy Lives: Women's Health Across the Lifespan." She has served on HRSA study sections for health professional education. She served as a health policy fellow to Secretary of Health Tommy Thompson and was one of 30 primary care health experts selected for this fellowship. Dr. Núñez has presented nationally at conferences addressing women’s health, curricular reform, women and minorities in medicine and cultural issues in health care delivery and practice. These include presentations at the Association of American Medical Colleges, the U.S. Department of Health’s Conference for Cross-Cultural Issues and Women’s Health Education in Medical Schools and The Women’s Health Congress.

Dr. Núñez has served as a consultant in integrating women’s health and cross-cultural issues in medical education for a number of institutions including the American Association of Medical Colleges, the University of Pennsylvania, Meharry School of Medicine, University of Kentucky School of Medicine, Louisiana State University School of Medicine and Vanderbilt University. Her expertise in cross-cultural health care includes her nationally replicated workshop that is part of her cross-cultural seminar series for health care professionals, a core component in the Physician's Assistant program curriculum. She is an invited member of a national expert panel for developing tools to measuring cultural competence, a program supported by the Commonwealth Fund and spearheaded by the AAMC, and has been an invited reviewer to the United States Medical Licensing Education for cultural competence.

Dr. Núñez has presented at numerous national conferences on culture, its impact on health care and cross-cultural communication. Her work was recently cited as an example of an effective curricular intervention in the Institute of Medicine’s report on Disparities of Health Care. She has trained a wide range of health professionals including residents and faculty. Within the scope of cross-cultural communication, she has nationally recognized expertise in negotiation skills and mentorship issues, especially for women and minorities. She serves on the medical school's curriculum and admission committees, and participates in the mentoring program for minority students.

Research Interests

Sex and gender health disparities, Health services research, Health literacy, Heart health for women


Dr. Núñez's research interests are in girls' and women’s health, minority women’s health and culturally effective care. She conducts research about health sciences, community engagement and health empowerment as well as health literacy. Additionally, she is studying improving health in vulnerable populations through education, and heart health for girls, women and their families.

In the Media


Dr. Núñez is the editor-in-chief of Health Equity, a peer-reviewed open access journal that meets the urgent need for authoritative information about health disparities and health equity among vulnerable populations.

Selected Publications

"Embedding concepts of sex and gender health differences into medical curricula"
Miller VM, Rice M, Schiebinger L, Jenkins MR, Werbinski J, Núñez A, Wood S, Viggiano TR, Shuster LT
J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2013 Mar;22(3):194-202. doi: 10.1089/jwh.2012.4193. Epub Feb 15, 2013

"Gender based approaches to health education and promotion in teens: The Philadelphia UjimaTM experience."
Núñez A, Robertson-James C, Reels S, Jeter J, Rivera HH, Yusuf Z, Liu FF
Journal of Evaluation and Program Planning, 2013

"Multilevel and Spatial-Time Trend Analyses of the Prevalence of Hypertension in a Large Urban City in the United States"
Liu L, Núñez AE, Yu X, Yin X, Eisen HJ
Journal Urban Health, PMID: 23897041, July 30, 2013

"Conducting a Needs Assessment for Women and Girls Using a Gender Analysis Framework: The Philadelphia Ujima Coalition for a Healthier Community Experience"
Núñez A, Robertson-James C, Reels S, Weingartner R, Bungy B
Women's Health Issues, August 14, 2012

"The role of the obstetrician/gynecologist in the prevention of cardiovascular disease in women"
Ehrenthal D, Núñez AE
J Women's Health Issues, Volume 21, Issue 5, Pages 338-344, September-October 2011

"Cardiometabolic syndrome and its association with education, smoking, diet, physical activity, and social support: Findings from the Pennsylvania 2007 BRFSS Survey"
Longjian L, Núñez A
J Clin Hypertens (Greenwich);12:556-564, 2010

Published Abstracts

"Partnering with communities in research: The Philadelphia Ujima experience"
Robertson C, Núñez A, Reels S
139th APHA Annual Meeting. Washington, D.C., 2011

"Innovative health education programs in communities of color: Utilizing a community participatory model to promote health and decrease disparities, the Philadelphia Ujima experience"
Robertson C, Núñez A
138th APHA Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, November 9, 2010


Panelist: Pennoni Panel Discussion: Diversity and Inclusion
Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 2018

Keynote address: Injury-related Health Equity Across the Lifespan (iHeal) Symposium
Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, Washington, May 2017

Contact Information

Practice Office

Drexel Internal Medicine
219 N. Broad Street
The Arnold T. Berman, MD Building, 6th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 215.762.5037
Fax: 215.399.5896