“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr stated these words in 1966 at the Second National Convention of the Medical Committee for Human Rights. In 2021, more than 350,000 people in the United States are dead from COVID-19, a disproportionate number of those dead are Black and Brown people. If we agree with Dr. King’s statement and we see disproportionate racial health outcomes, what should be the response to learning that a Black woman physician and educator is suspended then fired after facilitating a medical school…

United against Racism March, 2020

As the year ends, my mind is a tangle of emotions on how to describe 2020. The pandemic continues to ravage the world, but this summer, we also witnessed a tremendous uprising against racism. People all over the world spoke out, companies boldly declared “Black Lives Matter”, health care professionals knelt for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, institutions published statements on improving diversity, equity, and inclusion. It felt like Black people were being seen and heard across industries for the first time in decades. …

Aysha H Khoury, MD, MPH, FACP

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