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

Black Women In Medicine Conference - Opening Remarks - Speaker Bios

Carole E. Allen, MDCarole E. Allen, MD, MBA, FAAP
President, Massachusetts Medical Society

Dr. Allen is a board-certified pediatrician who practiced in Massachusetts for 37 years. After her 2011 retirement, she served six years on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Pediatrics and five years as a gubernatorial appointee to the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission. She served as chair of the Tobacco Free Mass coalition during the landmark passage of the Smoke Free Workplace law. Dr. Allen has devoted her career to advocating for the health, protection, and well-being of children.

A graduate of Cornell University and Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM), Dr. Allen completed her pediatric residency at Boston City Hospital and Boston’s Floating Hospital for Children. She has held faculty positions as a clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School and Boston University School of Medicine and recently served as president of the TUSM Medical Alumni Council. Dr. Allen completed an executive MBA program for physicians through Brandeis University.

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.

Simone WildesSimone Wildes, MD, FACP, FIDSA
Chair, Massachusetts Medical Society Committee on Diversity in Medicine

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Tufts Medical Center

Dr. Wildes is an infectious disease physician, public health expert, and ABC News medical contributor. She works at South Shore Health in Weymouth MA. Dr. Wildes is actively involved with the Massachusetts Medical Society as an executive board member, chair of the Committee on Diversity, and vice chair of the Committee on Public Health. She is also a member of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 Health Equity advisory group.

Dr. Wildes earned her bachelor’s degree from Barry University in Florida and her medical degree from the Loma Linda University School of Medicine in California. She completed her internship, residency and infectious disease fellowship at Hahnemann University Hospital and is currently a clinical assistant professor of medicine at Tufts Medical Center. She is a member of the Infectious Disease Society of America and the American College of Physicians. She also volunteers at her local church in Boston as its health director and is involved with Boston’s Faith-based Cancer Disparities Network.


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