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Annette B. Gadegbeku

Annette B. Gadegbeku, MD

Associate Professor; Senior Associate Dean, Office of Community Health and Inclusive Excellence

Department: Family, Community & Preventive Medicine

Specialties: Family Medicine, Women's Health, Primary Care, Primary Care for Women


  • BA in Biology - Brown University
  • MD - Temple University School of Medicine

Awards & Honors

  • Dr. Donna M. Murasko Distinguished Faculty Award for Innovation in Civic Engagement, Drexel Lindy Center for Civic Engagement (2024)

Memberships / Professional Affiliations

  • Named to the national advisory board of Two in One: HIV + COVID Screening & Testing Model, a program of George Washington University that aims to improve the capacity of primary care practitioners to routinize culturally responsive and nonjudgmental communication about HIV and COVID screening and testing with patients who identify as BIPOC and LGBTQIA+.
  • President-Elect of the Student-Run Free Clinic Faculty Association
  • Elected Member to the Allopathic and Osteopathic Medical Academy of the National Academies of Practice

Annette Gadegbeku, MD, primarily cares for patients in Center City, where she specializes in primary care for all ages. She currently serves as the physician preceptor for Drexel's H.O.P. (Health Outreach Projects) student-run clinics in the Philadelphia community. She serves as a primary care referral for the Healing Hurt People program, specializing in trauma-informed care. She is also the director for refugee health services at Center City and serves as physician ambassador for Glory Unlimited Ministries, with whom she participates in medical missions in rural Jamaica, Kenya and Puerto Rico.

Clinical Services

Primary care, Preventive medicine, Pediatric and adolescent care, Women's health, In-office procedures, Refugee health


  • Family Medicine - Thomas Jefferson University Hospital


  • Primary Care Faculty Development - Michigan State University

Annette Gadegbeku, MD, is associate professor and chief, Division of Community Health in the Department of Family, Community & Preventive Medicine, as well as senior associate dean of the Office of Community Health and Inclusive Excellence. Dr. Gadegbeku is also medical director, Healing Hurt People, Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice at the Dornsife School of Public Health and assistant director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center of Jefferson Health.

Her academic interests include urban and underserved community medicine, adolescent medicine, women’s health and global health. She engages students and faculty in health equity–related scholarship and service and collaborates on community stakeholders’ events.

Dr. Gadegbeku has a passion for underserved, marginalized, vulnerable and at-risk populations with a focus in harm reduction. She serves as the clinical faculty advisor for the Drexel University College of Medicine Health Outreach Project (HOP) student-run clinics and education programs including Eliza Shirley Women & Children’s Shelter, Salvation Army Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Center, Streetside Prevention Point, Smoking Cessation, Microgreens Outreach and Narcan Outreach Projects.


Dr. Gadegbeku's research interests include but are not exclusive to the impact of community engagement on health disparities in underserved and marginalized populations, as well as impact on curricular education, clinical service and trainee knowledge, skill, attitudes, perspectives and future community engagement in their careers. She integrates opportunities for community partnership, as well as inter-professional community engagement, education and community-based participatory research across all schools, colleges and departments within Drexel University.

In the Media

“Gadegbeku Appointed Senior Associate Dean in the Office of Community Health and Inclusive Excellence”
(May 14, 2024)

“Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center Research Consortium: Committed to Changing the Cancer Landscape in Philadelphia”
Pulse (Spring 2024)

“Delivering Vaccine Education with the Community”
Pennsylvania Action Coalition: At the Core of Care Podcast (March 2023)

Fighting Addiction Stigma
Exel - Drexel University Research Magazine (2023)

“The Power of the Primary Care Visit to Combat COVID-19 and HIV”
HCP Live (April 19, 2023)

Faculty Highlights: Recent Awards and Grants
DrexelNow (March 10, 2023)

“Obesity, Diabetes take toll on community”
Quoted, Philadelphia Medicine Magazine (Fall 2021)

“The Questions You Are Too Shy to Ask Your Cardiologist”
Quoted, Philadelphia Magazine (February 2019)

"Residents Find What Works in Childhood Obesity Fight"
AAFP News (July 27, 2015)

"Winter Wonder Foods"
The Observer (November 18, 2013)

"Doctors Present Critical Info on Infant Mortality"
The Philadelphia Tribune (September 2012)

"Ask the Doctor: Top 5 Ways to Stay Healthy This Winter"
DrexelNow and Drexel Quarterly (February 2012)


“Teaching at the Convergence of Pandemics and Historically Excluded Patient Populations: The Challenges, and Importance, of Culturally Responsive Communication, Teaching and Learning in Medicine”
Abigail Konopasky, Annette B. Gadegbeku, Leon McCrea, Paige McDonald, Patrick G. Corr, Maranda C. Ward
Published Online Aug 2023 DOI: 10.1080/10401334.2023.2245382 (2023)

“Using URiM Interprofessional Trainees to Expand the Reach of a COVID-19 Mobile Care Unit”
Gadegbeku, AB, McCrea, L
Academic Medicine. 2022;97(11) (2022)

“Microgreens Grow Kit: A Novel Pilot Study to Improve Nutrition Awareness”
Haslund-Gourley B, Para C, Rachuri S, Enders S, Marshall R, Mishra V, Udeh S, Nwabeke J, Gadegbeku A
Transformative Medicine (T-Med). 2022; 1(1):2-11. doi: (2022)

“A Comparative Analysis of Online Versus in-Person Opioid Overdose Awareness and Reversal Training for First-Year Medical Students, Substance Use & Misuse”
Nathaniel C. Goss, Benjamin Haslund-Gourley, Dakota M. Meredith, Andrew V. Friedman, Vishnu K. Kumar, Kyle R. Samson, Ethan J. Fitzgerald, Shraddha Damaraju, James E. Verdone, Jacob Edelman, Troy J. Anlage, Daniel G. Albrecht, Savannah R. Gorisek, Ann Carnevale, Annette B. Gadegbeku
DOI: 10.1080/10826084.2021.1958866 (2021)

“Integrating HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis with community-based syringe services for women who inject drugs: Results from the Project SHE demonstration study”
Roth AM, Tran NK, Felsher MA, Gadegbeku AB, Piecara B, Krakower DS, Bellamy SL, Amico KR, Benitez JA, Van Der Pol B
Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. (2020)

"In the Media"
Gadegbeku A
Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling, 70:156-157 (2016)

"Effect of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure on Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and Glucose Metabolism"
Gallegos L, Dharia T, Gadegbeku AB*
Hospital Practice, 42(2):31-37 (2014)


Invited Plenary Speaker: “Healing Health Inequities of Marginalized Populations”
TEVA West Chester R&D Summit, West Chester, Pa. (October 11, 2023)

Invited Workshop: “Healing The Whole: An Intersectional Approach to Health & Wellbeing”
Health Alliance for Violence Intervention – The HAVI Conference, Chicago, Ill. (September 27, 2023)

Invited Speaker: “Journey to Gender Equity in Health Care”
Mt. Airy Art Garage, Philadelphia, Pa. (March 11, 2023)

Invited Keynote Speaker: “Faith & Diabetes”
Faith & Diabetes Virtual Summit (November 15, 2022)

Invited Panelist: “Addressing Inequities in Obesity Care: How we got here & what can be done”
Democratic Legislative Campaign Summer Conference, Philadelphia, Pa. (August 25, 2021)

Keynote speaker: Youth Health Equity Summit
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Adolescent Initiative (June 14, 2021)

"Dissecting Diversity in the Workplace"
Student National Medical Association, Drexel University College of Medicine Chapter, Philadelphia, Pa. (2018)

"Opioid Prescribing"
Interschool Naloxone Outreach Symposium, Philadelphia, Pa. (2017)

"Women’s Health"
The Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS) 7th Annual Faith and Spiritual Affairs Conference – “Journey of a Lifetime: A Collective Conversation for Healing,” Philadelphia, Pa. (2013)

"Women’s Health"
March of Dimes: Breaking the Cycle of Infant Mortality in African American Communities, Faith Communities Uniting to Saving Babies: A Program for First Ladies and Female Congregational Leaders, Philadelphia, Pa. (2012)

* This physician's clinical practice is independent of Drexel University.