Karen E. Kim, MD, MS


University of Chicago

Dr. Karen Kim is a Professor of Medicine, Dean for Faculty Affairs for the Division of Biological Sciences, Associate Director of the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center and Director of the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center Office of Community Engagement and Cancer Disparities. Dr. Kim established and directs the University of Chicago Center for Asian Health Equity, the only research center dedicated to the study of Asian health disparities in the Midwest. Under Dr. Kim’s leadership, this Center has provided a unique and valuable national platform for advancing the health of Asian American communities through community-engaged health and policy strategies. Dr. Kim’s research has contributed greatly to the knowledge base of the health of Asian American communities and the nuanced and complex factors influencing disparities across these diverse populations. The overarching focus of Dr. Kim’s research is on generating the evidence to reduce cancer health disparities among racial and ethnic minority populations by utilizing community-engaged health services research. For over 15 years, Dr. Kim’s research has been centered on the rigorous development and evaluation of multi-level strategies to advance health equity. Dr. Kim is the principal investigator of the NCI supported P20, CDC Colorectal Cancer Control and the AHRQ Partnership for Healthier Asians award to address issues of cancer disparities research and implementation and dissemination science across Asian-and African American communities.

Joseph E. Ravenell, MD, MS


New York University School of Medicine

Dr. Joseph E. Ravenell, MD, MS, is a board-certified internist and clinical hypertension specialist with a strong track record in community-based programs and interventions to reduce racial disparities. Since coming to NYU, Dr. Ravenell has been actively cultivating a three-pronged approach to improving hypertension-related outcomes in African American men. In addition to developing research collaborations in New York City to study community-based approaches to improving hypertension-related outcomes in African American men, Dr. Ravenell also helped to launch the Bellevue Hospital Primary Care Hypertension Specialty Clinic in January 2009, and leads a new Hypertension and Lipidology fellowship at NYU. He was awarded a NIH/NHLBI Minority Postdoctoral Supplement Award to study medication-taking behavior in African Americans with hypertension in 2003.