Ana Núñez, MD

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.

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