June 26, 2020

Inequality in Healthcare

Inequality in Healthcare

COVID-19 has hit minority populations particularly hard, delivering a wake-up call to healthcare policymakers. How can we change the system to help marginalized communities get access to the care they need? Dr. Bob speaks with Dr. Frank L. Douglas, who describes his experiences fighting racism within the healthcare industry. And we hear from a member of the LGBTQ+ community battling the stigma of HIV. 


Frank L. Douglas, M.D., Ph.D. 

Dr. Frank L. Douglas has over thirty years of experience in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry. Most recently, Dr. Douglas served as CEO of TheVax Genetics USA Inc. and Member of the Board of TheVax Genetics Vaccine Co. 

Born in Guyana in 1943, Dr. Douglas traveled to America on a Fulbright scholarship to attend college. After completing his studies and receiving his medical degree, he went on to teach clinical pharmacology at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine. He’s also held positions as Chief Scientific Advisor of Bayer Healthcare, First Executive Director of the MIT Center for Biomedical Innovation, and co-founder of Douglas Ahmed Consulting.

In 2019, Dr. Douglas published his memoir Defining Moments of a Free Man from a Black Stream. It describes his experiences navigating racism within both university and professional settings in America. 

Dr. Douglas earned his doctorate in physical chemistry and his medical degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. 


Terry Wilcox, Executive Director, Patients Rising

Dr. Robert Goldberg, “Dr. Bob”, Co-Founder and Vice President of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest.

Kate Pecora, Field Correspondent 


Frank L. Douglas, M.D., Ph.D. 

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