Senior Fellows

The Cobb Institute is dedicated to strengthening the pipeline by creating opportunities for internships, fellowships, and training for professionals committed to the improvement of minority health. Through these experiences, the Cobb Institute has recently established a community of scholars.  The W. Montague Cobb/NMA Health Institute Senior Fellows is comprised of those who have distinguished themselves broadly in addressing healthcare disparities mainly through work in research, but also through clinical care, and/or mentoring.


Drawn from academia, hospitals, government, clinical practice and research, the Cobb Senior Fellows will perform various functions including:

  • support the implementation of the Cobb Institute’s mission, vision and goals including new initiatives in health disparities research and interventions

  • mentor mid-career level and early career research specialists to address the paucity of African-American researchers, and strengthen the pipeline of funded researchers by federal agencies such as NIH.

    Members of the inaugural class include

  • Georges C. Benjamin M.D.
    Executive Director
    American Public Health Association
  • Joseph Betancourt, M.D., M.P.H.
    Director, The Disparities Solutions Center and Senior Scientist, Mongan Institute for Health Policy, Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital

  • Carolyn Britton, M.D., M.S. 
    Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology, The Neurological Institute of New York, Columbia University Medical Center

  • W. Michael Byrd, M.D., M.P.H. 
    Senior Research Scientist, Division of Public Health Practice, Harvard School of Public Health and Clinical Instructor, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at Harvard Medical School

  • Linda Clayton, M.D., M.P.H. 
    Associate Medical Director, Division of Medical Assistance,
    Massachusetts Division of Public Health Practice, Harvard School of Public Health

  • Donna Christensen, M.D. 
    U.S. House of Representatives (D-USVI) and Chair, Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust
  • James P. Comer, M.D., M.P.H. 
    Maurice Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry
    Yale University
    Yale Child Study Center
  • Lisa A. Cooper, M.D., M.P.H.
    James F. Fries Professor of Medicine
    Director, Johns Hopkins Center
  • Alvin H. Crawford M.D. - 2015 NEW SENIOR FELLOW
    Professor Emeritus of Pediatric Orthopedic
    University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine
  • James Gavin III, M.D., Ph.D. 
    Clinical Professor of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine and former President, Morehouse School of Medicine

  • George Hill, Ph.D. 
    Levi Watkins Jr. Distinguished Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology Emeritus, Medical Education and Administration, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

  • Rodney Hood, M.D. 
    Vice Chair, The Cobb/NMA Institute and President & CEO, Multicultural Health Disparities Institute

  • Edith Irby Jones, M.D. 
    Hall of Fame Inductee, University of Arkansas School of Medicine and Past President, National Medical Association

  • Camara Jones, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D. 
    Research Director on Social Determinants of Health and Equity, Division of Adult and Community Health, NCCDPHP, Centers For Disease Control

  • Lovell Jones, Ph.D. 
    Director, The Dorothy I. Height Center for Health Equity and Evaluation Research (DH-CHEER), The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D.
    Chairman of the Board of Directors and newly appointed Senior Fellow.

  • Thomas LaVeist, Ph.D
    Director, Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions and William C. and Nancy F. Richardson Professor in Health Policy, Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health
  • Michael Lenoir, M.D.
    Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
    University of California, San Francisco
    Immediate Past-President National Medical Association

  • Robert Like, M.D., M.S. 
    Professor and Director, Center for Healthy Families and Cultural Diversity, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

  • Edith Mitchell, M.D.
    Clinical Professor of Medicine at Jefferson Medical School and Director, Center to Eliminate Cancer Disparities, Jefferson University Hospitals
  • Randall C. Morgan, M.D., MBA - 2015 NEW SENIOR FELLOW
    Executive Director, W. Montague Cobb/NMA Health Institute
  • Elizabeth O. Ofili, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.C. - 2015 NEW SENIOR FELLOW
    Professor of Medicine Morehouse School of Medicine
    Director & Senior Associate Dea, Clinical Research Center & Translational Center

  • Roderic Pettigrew, M.D., Ph.D. 
    Director, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, National Institutes of Health

  • Vivian Pinn, M.D. 
    Former Director, Office of Research on Women’s Health, National Institutes of Health
  • Joan Y. Reede, M.D., M.S., M.P.H., M.B.A - New Senior Fellow
    Dean for Diversity & Community Partnership
    Associate Professor of Medicine
    Harvard Medical School

  • Griffin Rodgers, M.D. 
    Director, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health

  • John Ruffin, M.D. 
    Director, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health

  • David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D. 
    Former U.S. Surgeon General and Director, The Satcher Health Leadership Institute and Center of Excellence on Health Disparities, Morehouse School of Medicine

  • Brian Smedley, Ph.D. - Vice President and Director, Health Policy Institute, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
  • Augustus A. White III, M.D., Ph.D. 
    Ellen and Melvin Gordon Distinguished Professor of Medical Education, Harvard Medical School and Orthopaedic Surgeon in Chief Emeritus, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

  • Richard Allen Williams, M.D. 
    Founder, Association of Black Cardiologists and Professor of Medicine, UCLA School of Medicine
  • Donald E. Wilson, M.D.
    Dean Emeritus
    University of Maryland
    School of Medicine
  • Roy Wilson, M.D., M.S. 
    President, Wayne State University
    Former Scientific Planning & Program Coordination NIMHD
  • Jackson T. Wright Jr., M.D., Ph.D., FACP
    Program Director, William T. Dahms Clinical Research Unit
    UH Case Medical Center Director
    Clinical Hypertension Program
    UH Case Medical Center
    Professor Emeritus, Medicine
    CWRU School of Medicine

  • Gail Wyatt, Ph.D. 
    Director, Sexual Health Programs, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA

It is our vision that there will be three categories of Fellows in the Cobb Institute. The Senior Fellows will be followed by Active Fellows and Associates who will look to the fellows as mentors and as role models.