Ana E. Núñez, MD
Ana E. Núñez, MD, is a professor of medicine, associate dean of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, and the director of the National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health and Women’s Health Education Program at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Dr Núñez received her training at Hahnemann University in internal medicine, where she completed her residency and chief residency. Her post-graduate training includes fellowships in medical education (Michigan State University), health services research (AAMC/RWJ) and health policy (AAMC/Commonwealth). She also completed the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) fellowship program at Drexel University.
As a nationally recognized medical education and health services researcher, Dr. Núñez has developed novel curricula across the health professional training spectrum and beyond to lay audiences. Her cultural competency curriculum was cited as an exemplar of excellence in the Institute of Medicine’s 2002 health disparities publication, Unequal Treatment. Her curricular expertise includes topics in sex and gender medicine, primary care, trauma/violence prevention and cultural competence. Her advocacy with members of the Northeast Consortium on Culturally Effective Care and Practice were instrumental in the Liaison of Committee on Medical Education (LCME), including both cultural competency and women’s health as required components for medical school accreditation.
She has served as principal investigator on numerous educational and health services grants. These include her directorship of the nationally designated Center of Excellence in Women’s Health – one of three original vanguard centers. Her innovative sex and gender medical education model was awarded funding by the U.S. Department of Education’s Fund for Improvement of Postsecondary Education’s Disseminating Proven Reforms so she could replicate it nationally. Her NIH/NHLBI K07 award on cultural competency education in medical education included sex and gender as well as diverse populations in her model. She has had numerous health services awards for improvement of the lives on women in areas such as those living with HIV/AIDS, intimate partner violence, healthier sexual health lifestyles, barriers for engagement in research, and nutritional advocacy.
Her health services initiative, the DHHS/OWH-funded Coalition for a Healthier Community grant builds upon the success of her previous project ASIST2010: Mind, Body, Spirit, Health – The Philadelphia Ujima project. Dr Núñez created the Philadelphia Ujima model and network with faith-based and social-service agencies. Ujima today has 28 organizations in the network working to improve the health of Philadelphians. It engages community organizations and their membership, creates community-embedded lay health ambassadors, promotes individual and group participation and advocacy in health, and aids in health policy changes.
Dr. Núñez serves on a number of national advisories including the National Science Foundation/NIH Smart & Connected Health (SCH) Program, the Technical Expert Panel (TEP) for Achieving Health Equity in Preventive Services Project, and the National Association of Chronic Disease.
In her role as diversity, equity and inclusion associate dean, Dr. Núñez is responsible for oversight, management and integration of all aspects of diversity programs and policies that ensure mission-linked excellence and impact. This includes propelling the agenda of organizational change; providing innovation and leadership to promote excellence in education; and supporting diversity, inclusion and engagement of faculty, students, residents, staff and administrators. She collaborates with and promotes researchers, educators and community members to address critically needed and practically focused health disparity issues. Drexel’s Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion is the only program in the country that includes an emphasis on addressing sex- and gender-based bias in medical education, clinical practice and research.
Dr. Núñez was selected by the Association of American Medical Colleges for the prestigious Herbert J. Nickens Award. This national award is given to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to promoting justice in medical education and health care equity in the United States. Her educational awards include the Distinguished Alumni Teaching Award, Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching, and Health Literacy. For her work in community service leadership, she has been recognized with distinguished leadership awards from multiple organizations, and the Vince Zarro, MD, Community Outreach Award. She is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha and a fellow of the American College of Physicians. She was selected as one of 50 women leaders in Pennsylvania in the Voices book, which was designed to showcase role models for youth. She is the editor-in-chief of the journal Health Equity.
Dr. Núñez also serves on the board of Women Against Abuse and is a general internist. Her research interests include organizational and system change that augments diversity and equity, health promotion/disease prevention, sex/gender health disparities, girls/women’s health, minority health and culturally effective care.