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Akilah Jefferson, MD, MSc

Akilah Jefferson, MD, MSc

Dr. Akilah Jefferson is a first year postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Bioethics.

Dr. Jefferson majored in Biomedical Ethics at Brown University. Her senior honors thesis, "Morals in Action: Responsibilities in the AIDs Pandemic," argued for the moral responsibilities and duties that more developed nations, and individuals living in those nations, have to nations and individuals in less developed areas, with a focus on HIV/AIDs. Upon graduation, she worked in Boston, Massachusetts for Our Bodies Ourselves, a non-profit organization that addresses issues of women's health and health disparities. Dr. Jefferson then received a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Science Policy and Advocacy from Georgetown University. Upon completion of her graduate training, she returned to her home town to complete her medical training. She graduated with an M.D. from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2011. That year, she moved to Washington, DC to complete her residency training in Internal Medicine at The George Washington University Hospital. Following residency, Dr. Jefferson began a clinical fellowship at the National Institutes of Health in the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH/NIAID). She is currently a second year clinical fellow in Allergy and Immunology at NIH/NIAID.

Dr. Jefferson's research interests include health policy and the ethics of health policy, with a focus on cost considerations in medicine and research, comparative effectiveness research, quality, and distribution of health care resources. She is also very interested in health disparities.

Curriculum Vitae PDF Icon (181 KB)

Selected publications

Ein D., Jefferson A. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: causes and effects. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2014 Jan;112(1):6-8.

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