Dr. Davis (center) with award presenters and council co-chairs Dr. Camille Clare (left) and Dr. Brandi Freeman (right). BRONX, NY - November 12, 2012 - Dr. Nichola Davis was selected to receive the 2012 National Medical Association (NMA) Council on the Concerns of Women Physicians Award.
Dr. Davis is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine (General Internal Medicine) and of Clinical Epidemiology & Population Health. She began her career as a clinician-educator at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, NYC. Motivated by the high rates of obesity and diabetes she witnessed in her clinical practice, and the need for research within inner city communities, she pursued additional training in research methodology and completed a Master of Science in Clinical Research Methods at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 2003. Her research and clinical work focuses primarily on addressing obesity among low-income African-American and Latino communities, particularly among those with diabetes. Her current research emphasizes understanding the impact of obesity-related national policies on inner-city communities, and examining dietary patterns and glycemic control in type 2 diabetes. She firmly believes that helping people to lead healthier lifestyles could substantially improve many of the healthcare problems in her community, and is committed to finding ways to teach about and encourage healthier lifestyles through her work.
The recipient of grants from the American Heart Association and the National Institute of Health, Dr. Davis has also received a Congressional Achievement Award and Community Service Award for her work in the Bronx community, and a "Rock Star of Science Award" from the American Heart Association. She is an active member of several professional organizations, and was inducted into the Davidoff Society at Einstein for her excellence in clinical teaching.
The National Medical Association Council on the Concerns of Women Physicians (CCWP) addresses the unique issues, concerns and policies regarding the advancement of female physicians. Each year, the Council honors female physicians who strive to eliminate health care disparities, provide people of color with quality health care, and address women's health and professional issues through research, community service, and activism.
Dr. Davis was presented with the award at the Annual Muriel Petioni Awards Luncheon held at the 2012 NMA national convention.