Advisory Board

Hilda Y. Hutcherson, M.D.

Dr. Hutcherson was born and raised in Tuskegee, Alabama. From Stanford University as an undergraduate majoring in Human Biology, she matriculated into Harvard Medical School. She then completed a medicine internship at the University of California in San Francisco and her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia University Medical Center. She is now a Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Associate Dean for Diversity and Minority Affairs at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Vernon W. Jeffrey, M.D.,J.D.

Dr. Jeffrey received his medical degree from the New York University School of Medicine in 2002 and did his residency in internal medicine at the Seton Hall School of Biomedical Education. He received his juris doctorate from the City University of New York Law School in 2009 and is currently working at Lehman College for the Urban Male Leadership Program in order to recruit more black and latino males into the professions.

Barbara A. Lowe, M.S., RN

Barbara A. Lowe is CNO at Winthrop Hospital in Brooklyn, NY. Ms. Lowe has had an enormous and influential impact on the health status of women, youth, and families through her work as a public health advocate, program manager, nurse, project developer, educator, community organizer and policy analyst. Ms. Lowe worked in the Dinkins Administration and held the position of Deputy Director for the Mayor’s Office on Health Policy. Ms. Lowe’s research includes conducting qualitative research on parent leadership in education, barriers to services for Chinese Americans with disabilities, Medicaid Managed Care, and geriatric service needs. For five consecutive years, Ms. Lowe has educated nurse leaders who are participants in the NYU Leadership Institute for Black Nurses. Additionally, she has lectured in Health Care Reform since 2009.

Anne L. Maitland, M.D.-PhD.

Dr. Maitland, one of 30 African American allergists in the United States today, received her MD-PhD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. In earning her degree in 1997, she became the first African American female to receive an MD-PhD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Following medical school, she completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a fellowship in Allergy and Immunology at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and Mount Sinai Hospital. Dr. Maitland was named one of America's Top 21 Women's Doctors by in 2009. Currently, she is a Fellow of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and a member of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. She continues to be very active in local communities, specifically increasing awareness of immune mediated disorders. She is also involved with research to continually improve the treatments of allergies, asthma and recurrent infections. Her clinical focus includes the diagnosis and treatment of allergic skin disorders, allergic rhinitis (hayfever), drug allergies, food allergies/sensitivities, asthma and recurrent infections. Furthermore, she is an assistant professor of clinical immunology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

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