Ekemini Akan, MD
She received her medical degree from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria where she also completed a one year internship. As a graduating medical student, among other accomplishments, she received the prestigious Blair Aitkens Award in Clinical Surgery. With her experiences in medical school, as a volunteer physician in free clinics, a research assistant and as a pediatric resident, she is well acquainted with the disparities and issues that exist in health care in underserved populations in the United States and in Nigeria.
She has various research interests. Her current research focuses on identifying those factors that deter parental acceptance and completion of the human papilloma virus vaccine for both male and female children. She also co-authored a book chapter on the effect of gender moderation on behavior in children prenatally exposed to cocaine. She is passionate about patient care, disease prevention and health education and is therefore involved in quality improvement projects and committees at her residency program.
She joined AMWA in 2013 and was a member of the AMWA conference committee and abstract booklet sub-committee for the 2014 national conference.
Ekemini also enjoys writing, spending time and travelling with her husband and son.