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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 General Internal Medicine

Specialties: Internal Medicine


  • MD - Hahnemann University Hospital

Awards & Honors

  • Hispanic Health Leadership Award, National Hispanic Health Foundation
  • Herbert J. Nickens Award, Association of American Medical Colleges
  • Vince Zarro MD Community Outreach Award
  •  Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
  • Fellow, American College of Physicians
  • Listed, 50 Women Leaders in Pennsylvania Voices Book

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 E. Núñez, MD, is a professor of medicine; associate dean, 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.

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 a fellowship in the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program at Drexel University.

As a nationally recognized medical education and health services researcher, she 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 Unequal Treatment, 2002 health disparities publication. 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 Drexel's 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 Post Secondary Education's Disseminating Proven Reforms, so she could replicate it nationally. Dr. Núñez's 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 received numerous health services awards for improvement of the lives on women in areas such as those living with HIV/AIDS; intimate partner violence; improved 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, a network with faith-based and social service agencies. Ujima today has 28 organizations in the network working to improve 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 associate dean, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, 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 and promotes researchers, educators and community members to address critically needed and practically focused health disparity issues. The College of Medicine'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 other awards include those in education, including a Distinguished Alumni Teaching Award, Golden Apple Award, and Health Literacy Award. For her work in community service leadership, she has been recognized with distinguished leadership awards from multiple organizations and the Vincent Zarro, MD, Community Outreach Award. She is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha and 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. She 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.

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