Massachusetts Medical Society: Black Women In Medicine Conference - Closing Remarks - Speaker Bios

Black Women In Medicine Conference - Closing Remarks - Speaker Bios

Philomena AsantePhilomena Asante, MD, MPH
Leader, Diva Docs Boston

Founder, Black Women Doctors Network

Staff Physician, Boston University Student Health Services

Dr. Asante leads Diva Docs Boston, a networking and leadership program for Black women physicians in the Greater Boston area and has created the Diva Docs Coverage column which highlights Black women physicians’ perspectives on numerous health topics. The Black Women Doctors Network, founded by Dr. Asante, is a professional networking platform for Black women physicians.

Dr. Asante received an undergraduate degree with high honors from Harvard College, a medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine, and a master in public health degree from Harvard School of Public Health. She completed two post-doctoral fellowships at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School and is now pursuing a social impact MBA Boston University’s Questrom School of Business.

Dr. Asante is vice-chair of the MMS Women Physicians Section Governing Council and a member of the Committee on Diversity. She is deputy chair of Harvard Chan School of Public Health Alumni Engagement Committee and advises the American Medical Women’s Association’s leadership certificate program.


Rev. Gloria E. White-HammondRev. Gloria E. White-Hammond, MD
Co-Pastor, Bethel AME Church, Boston

Swartz Resident Practitioner in Ministry Studies, Harvard Divinity School

Reverend Dr. White-Hammond co-directs the Harvard Divinity School and Harvard Medical School course, “Medicine and Spirituality in Healing” and facilitates a group on “Meaning Making: Understanding the Minister's Role in Making Theological Sense of Life Experience.”

At Bethel AME Church, she introduced Shatter the Silence to address sexual victimization in predominantly African American communities and Planning Ahead which encourages members to begin conversations about preferences for end-of-life care and complete advance directives at Bethel AME.

Dr. White-Hammond served as a pediatrician at the South End Community Health Center from 1981-2008. She co-founded My Sister’s Keeper in 2002, which provides women-focused humanitarian and human rights support to victims of conflict in southern Sudan and now Darfur

Dr. White-Hammond attended Boston University, earned a medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine and a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School. She is a member of Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s President’s Advisory Council and serves on Boston’s COVID19 Health Inequities Task Force.


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