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Malika Fair, MD, Recognized as Leader in Minority Health

Malika FairMalika Fair, MD, MPH, assistant clinical professor of emergency medicine at the George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), was recognized as one of the 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health by the National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF).

NMQF is a research and education nonprofit dedicated to ensuring that high-risk racial and ethnic populations and communities receive optimal health care. The individuals selected for the annual 40 Under 40 list represent the next generation of thought leaders who will work to eliminate health disparities.

“This recognition encourages me to do more, but it also reminds me that there’s so much more work that needs to be done,” said Fair. “The 39 other individuals who were recognized also are doing such amazing work and I hope to collaborate with them on initiatives to eliminate health disparities in this country.”

In addition to her role at SMHS and the GW Medical Faculty Associates, Fair serves as the senior director of health equity partnerships and programs for the Association of American Medical Colleges. She is vice chair of the Board of Directors for United Medical Center (UMC), which is the only hospital serving Wards 7 and 8, a significantly medically underserved area of Washington, D.C., and is also chair of the Patient Safety and Quality Committee at UMC.

“I’m grateful to be a practitioner, teacher, researcher, and administrator, and perform these roles with the goal of improving the health of underserved communities,” said Fair. “I am privileged to be able to interact with students, faculty, administrators, and policymakers who share similar goals and an unrelenting passion to achieve equity in health and health care in our city and nation.”

The recipients of the 40 Under 40 award were recognized at the NMQF’s 2019 Leadership Summit on Health Disparities, held April 8–9 in Washington, D.C. For more information, please see the full press release at

Other members of the SMHS community also are being recognized this year by NMQF. You can view an announcement about Maranda Ward, EdD ’17, MPH, here; an announcement about Ankoor Shah, MD, MBA, MPH, here; and an announcement about Kofi Essel MD, MPH, here.