Wanda Nicholson Joins Milken Institute School of Public Health as Senior Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Professor of Prevention and Community Health

WASHINGTON (Oct. 19, 2022) — The Milken Institute School of Public Health is pleased to announce that Wanda Nicholson, MD, MPH, MBA will be joining the school as a Senior Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Professor of Prevention and Community Health as of Nov. 1. Previously, Nicholson served as a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Adjunct Professor of Public Health at the University of North Carolina. A physician trained in obstetrics and gynecology and an epidemiologist, Nicholson has dedicated her career to the promotion of women’s health and prevention of chronic disease.

“We are thrilled to welcome Wanda Nicholson as the new Senior Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion,” Lynn R. Goldman, the Michael and Lori Milken Dean of the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, said. “She adds to the school’s deep expertise in maternal and child health and health equity, and will be instrumental in training the next generation of leaders in the field.”

Nicholson has an extensive track record of national and international service including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Board of Directors; Vice Chair of the United States Preventive Services Task Force, the Board of Directors for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and DiabetesSisters. She chairs the Federal International Gynecology and Obstetrics’ Committee on Safe Motherhood and Newborn Health.  She serves as the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Editor for the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. At UNC Nicholson helped to promote the careers of women and minorities in medicine and science. 

Prior to joining UNC, Nicholson was a general obstetrician-gynecologist at the University of Maryland. Later, she served as Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology for Johns Hopkins Community Physicians, and as a member of the faculty at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Bloomberg School of Public Health. At Hopkins, Nicholson built community-academic partnerships and began the development of a National Institutes of Health-funded research program in women’s health, which led to 78 peer-reviewed publications and 27 evidence-based statements on behalf of the United States Preventive Services Task Force.

“Wanda Nicholson has dedicated her career to women’s health and prevention of chronic disease not only in the clinic but on a population health level,” Deanna Kerrigan, Professor and Chair of the Department of Prevention and Community Health, said.”Her experience as a national leader in diversity, equity and inclusion is a welcome addition to our already deep bench in the area of health equity.”

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