Leadership Rounds

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Please join AHA Board Chair Rod Hochman, M.D., as he presents the second Leadership Rounds discussion of 2021. Dr. Hochman will continue the series that AHA launched last year and will host conversations on a range of key issues facing the field with hospital and health system leaders from across the country and other special guests.

Dr. Hochman will be joined in February by Consuelo H. Wilkins, MD, MSCI, Vice President for Health Equity, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean for Health Equity, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

Watch the conversation on Monday, February 22, as it’s released as part of AHA’s Chair File or below where you can also come back to listen to the podcast and hear more.



Joining Dr. Hochman on His Rounds

Consuelo H. Wilkins, MD, MSCI, headshot. Vice President for Health Equity, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean for Health Equity, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.Consuelo H. Wilkins, MD, MSCI

Vice President for Health Equity, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean for Health Equity, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Consuelo H. Wilkins, MD, MSCI--a geriatrician, clinical investigator and engagement scientist--is Vice President for Health Equity at Vanderbilt University Medical Center; Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean for Health Equity, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Dr. Wilkins is a nationally recognized thought leader in health equity and in addressing the elimination of systemic inequities that impact the health and well-being of racial/ethnic minorities.

As a Principal Investigator of the Vanderbilt Clinical and Translational Science Award, she oversees programs in community engagement, team science and special populations. Dr. Wilkins is also a Principal Investigator of two other NIH-funded centers, the Vanderbilt-Miami-Meharry Center of Excellence in Precision Medicine and Population Health, which focuses on decreasing disparities among African Americans and Latinos using precision medicine; and the Vanderbilt Recruitment Innovation Center, a national center dedicated to enhancing recruitment and retention in clinical trials.

Dr. Wilkins is former executive director of the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance (2012-2020). She has developed innovative approaches to engagement and has led comprehensive, multi-level stakeholder engagement efforts at the local and national level. She is currently Director of the Engagement Core of the All of Us Research Program, a national precision medicine initiative; and she leads engagement for the STAR Clinical Research Network. Dr. Wilkins is also a Principal Investigator of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation award, Engendering Trust in Health Care among African American Men.

Prior to her current roles, she was Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics, with secondary appointments in Psychiatry and Surgery (Public Health Sciences) at Washington University School of Medicine. There she served as founding director of the Center for Community Health and Partnerships in the Institute for Public Health and Co-Director of the Center for Community Engaged Research in the CTSA.

Dr. Wilkins earned a Bachelor of Science in microbiology and Doctor of Medicine from Howard University. She completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Duke University Medical Center and a Geriatric Medicine fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine/Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Following her medical training, she earned a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation from Washington University School of Medicine.

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