Notable Heroes in Health Care: Leonard E. Egede

Last updated on December 17th, 2021 at 12:21 pm

Dr. Leonard Egede is professor of medicine, chief of the division of General Internal Medicine, director for the Center for Advancing Population Science and the inaugural Milwaukee community chair in health equity research at the Medical College of Wisconsin. 

Since he arrived at MCW in 2017, Egede has focused on creating change in health care disparities linked to ethnicity and socioeconomic status, according to Gregory Wesley, senior vice president of strategic alliances and business development at MCW. 

Egede has published more than 390 manuscripts detailing the effect of these disparities on health outcomes, including research illuminating the impact of depression on outcomes for diabetes and other chronic illnesses.

“This work has not only contributed to widespread recognition that disparities impact health, but also moved the field forward to address those disparities,” Wesley said. “Dr. Egede’s success led him to expand his health equity operations globally, founding and serving as president of Indigenous Health International. He has led teams to provide direct care, offer community health screenings and work with communities to develop empowerment projects. These efforts improved outcomes for non-communicable diseases in sub-Saharan Africa and Central America.”

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