As president-elect of the National Medical Association, the nation’s oldest and largest organization representing black physicians, Leon McDougle, M.D., MPH, has the responsibility of visiting doctors and medical students across the country. He spent time in Houston this month in the run-up to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday observance to speak with medical school faculty, students and practitioners across Texas Medical Center institutions at several events. McDougle, a professor of family medicine, is the chief diversity officer at The Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center and the associate dean for diversity and inclusion. He sat down for an interview in the office of Toi Blakley Harris, M.D., associate provost of institutional diversity and inclusion & student services at Baylor College of Medicine, to discuss health equity and his work as well as the deeper purpose in ensuring that everyone has access to medical education and care.
Q&A with medical diversity leader Leon McDougle, M.D., MPH