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NEW HAVEN – A Yale School of Medicine professor will be co-chair of President-elect Joe Biden’s task force on coronavirus, according to a report from CNN.
Marcella Nunez-Smith, associate professor of internal medicine, public health and management and founding director of the Center for Fair Research and Innovation, will be among the group’s three co-chairs, two the source told CNN.
Former surgeon General Vivek Murthy and former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner David Kessler will also lead the group, CNN reported.
According to her biography on the Yale School of Medicine website, “Nunez-Smith research focuses on promoting health and health equity for structurally disadvantaged populations with a focus on support the diversity and growth of the health care workforce, develop reported patient metrics on quality of care, and identify regional strategies to reduce the global burden on non-communicable diseases ”.
Originally from the US Virgin Islands, Nunez-Smith attended Jefferson Medical College, where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, according to her biography. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Biological Anthropology and psychology from Swarthmore College, according to her profile.
She is also a board-certified doctor in internal medicine and has earned a master’s degree in Health Science through the Yale Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Clinical Scholar Program, her biography says.
A request for comment has been sent to Yale School of Medicine.