Black History Month Alumni Spotlight: Health and Wellness

Danny Stock

Since 1976, National Black History Month has had an endorsed theme as a part of the celebration. For 2022, the theme is “Black Health and Wellness.” This month’s spotlight features a small group of Black GDS Alumni who have dedicated their lives helping others through careers in these areas...

Introducing...Dr. Brandon Jackson-Baird, MD '04
Dr. Brandon Jackson-Baird, MD '04 is an otolaryngologist, laryngeal surgeon (ear, nose, and throat surgeon), and Assistant Professor at University of Chicago Medicine. Read more...

Introducing...Dr. Ayesha Delany-Brumsey, PhD ’01
Dr. Ayesha Delany-Brumsey, PhD ’01 is Director of Behavioral Health at the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center, an organization dedicated to addressing how we shrink the size of the criminal justice system. Read more...

Introducing...Dr. Venus I. Pitts, MD 88
Dr. Venus I. Pitts, MD ’88 is a physician in internal medicine and the current medical and laboratory director of Premiere Health and Wellness Medical Center in North Carolina. She is Board certified in Internal Medicine, Addiction Medicine, and Obesity Medicine. Read more...

Meet...Dr. Melissa Gilliam, MD/MPH ’83 
Dr. Melissa Gilliam, MD/MPH ’83 is executive vice president and provost at The Ohio State University. She is an obstetrician, gynecologist, and pediatrician, with a particular interest in adolescent reproductive health. Read more...

Meet...GDS triplets Ahmad, Khalil, and Malik Jones from the class of 2014
During the early part of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Jones brothers, owners of Triyo Fitness, joined the GDS community virtually to share personal recommendations, tips, and strategies for maintaining—even improving—health and wellness while stuck at home. As always for these fitness gurus, keeping it fun was top of the list. Watch now...

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