Massachusetts Medical Society: Black Women In Medicine Conference - Working with the Media to Advance Health Equity - Speaker Bios

Black Women In Medicine Conference - Working with the Media to Advance Health Equity - Speaker Bios

Linda GirgisLinda Girgis, MD, FAAFP
Clinical Assistant Professor, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Dr. Girgis is an advisory board member for Sermo, the largest online physician community which facilitates collaboration and crowdsourcing in real time and across the globe. She is also a board member of Protect the Pecs Foundation and a medical advisory board member for Practicing Physicians for America. Dr. Girgis blogs for Physician’s Weekly, Physicians Practice, PlatformQ Health and MedicalPractice Insider and is a guest columnist for Medcity News, PM360 and Health IT Outcomes. Dr. Girgis has written five books: Inside Our Broken Healthcare System, The War on Doctors, The Healthcare Apocalypse, Pandemic Rising and The Scent of Jasmine.

Dr. Girgis, a dedicated board-certified private practice family physician in the South River, New Jersey community, received her medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine. She completed her residency at Sacred Heart Hospital, a program affiliated with Temple University, during which time she was recognized as intern of the year by the faculty.


Jennifer MillerJennifer Miller
Managing Editor, Corporate Communications, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Jennifer Miller is managing editor for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, the state’s largest not-for-profit health plan. She oversees internal communications, thought leadership content, the annual report and the company’s health news site, Coverage.

Prior to joining Blue Cross, Jennifer was a journalist for two decades. As managing editor of the Boston Herald, she led breaking news coverage as well as projects exploring racial disparities in unsolved murders in Boston, domestic violence, the Boston Marathon bombings, the opioid epidemic and the foreclosure crisis, among many other issues.

Jennifer has a passion for journalism and for health care, and is particularly interested in exploring health inequities stemming from structural racism. She lives in Boston with her wife and child.


Sabrina AssoumouSabrina Assoumou, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine

Attending Physician, Division of Infectious Diseases, Boston Medical Center

Dr. Assoumou, a clinician-investigator, cares for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected patients at the BUSM/BMC’s Centers for Infectious Diseases. Her research focuses on medical complications of substance use including HIV and the Hepatitis C virus (HCV). She is interested in models of care and on improving care continuity for those with HIV and/or HCV. Dr. Assoumou is well-published and has presented internationally and nationally, including to the National Academy of Sciences and its panel tasked with developing a National Strategy for the Elimination of Hepatitis B and C.

Dr. Assoumou graduated magna cum laude from Williams College and earned her medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She completed a combined Internal Medicine/Pediatrics residency at Brown University and an Infectious Diseases Fellowship at Harvard University’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center where she was awarded the Finland Award for Research Excellence. She also earned a Master of Public Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.


Sharma JosephSharma Joseph, MD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, Tufts University School of Medicine

Dr. Joseph is passionate about medical education, creating systems that promote diversity in medicine, and equipping minority populations with the information, skills, and opportunities to be healthy. She is a member of the Massachusetts Medical Society’s Committee on Public Health and Committee on Diversity in Medicine, and a member of the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion at Tufts Physician Organization.

Dr. Joseph received her bachelor’s degree in Microbiology and Immunology from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She then attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She completed her residency training in anesthesiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, followed by a fellowship in critical care at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. She is currently pursuing an MPH with a focus in minority health policy at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.


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