To kick off 21S, NSS welcomed Dr. Fatima Cody-Stanford to the Medicine and Justice Scholars (MJS) virtual stage on Monday, April 12th. Dr. Stanford is a practicing obesity medicine physician, policymaker, and educator at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

During the event, Dr. Stanford presented striking accounts of acts of racial violence that occurred throughout her lifetime, dating from her experience as a young girl in Atlanta, Georgia, to her experiences as the first (and only) Black president of her medical school class. In addition, Dr. Stanford discussed the racial disparities present in American obesity outcomes and explored the multifaceted genetic, epigenetic, and environmental factors that contribute to the current obesity epidemic in the US. 

We would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Stanford for dedicating time from her busy schedule and for sharing her candor and knowledge with the MJS community.