Women Physicians Lead

Women Physicians Lead

Building and supporting women physician leaders that transform healthcare

Latest From Series

We Are Ready, Willing and Able To Serve: Addressing the Healthcare Shortage with Dr. Omondi Nyong’o

Dr. Omondi Nyong’o is a pediatric and adult strabismus ophthalmologist at Palo Alto Medical Foundation. He holds a Bachelor of Science, Cum Laude, and Neuroscience with distinction in physics from Brown University, an MD from the University Of California San Francisco School Of Medicine, and has received the Rabb-Venable research prize in ophthalmology from the National Medical Association. He has several accomplishments in his profession. He has been a professor and instructor at the University of California San Francisco and Stanford University School of Medicine. He has published widely and is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. Dr. Nyong’o serves on multiple volunteer medical missions to Mexico where he performs free eye surgery for children and adults, and teaches surgery to Latin American ophthalmologists-in-training. He also staffs a charity clinic for blind children at the San Francisco public hospital. He is currently the President of the Alumni Alliance for the National Medical Fellowships Inc.  In this episode we talked about: Who and what was instrumental in his career journey His role as a pediatric ophthalmologist and what it means to be a role model How he became involved with NMF Why being inclusive is the right thing to do How we can learn from children to build a better future To support NMF in its mission of increasing the number of BIPOC physicians please visit Ready to arm your organization with physician leaders who are ready to effectively manage the current healthcare climate? Supporting physicians in learning the crucial leadership skills they need to make change happen, is how I can help. Find out more here
January 28, 2023

Promoting Health Equity Across The Globe

I had the pleasure of interviewing Kweku A. Awotwi during the 75th Anniversary Gala for National Medical Fellowhips Inc. Kweku Awotwi is Board Chairman of United Bank for Africa (Ghana) Ltd, the Multimedia Group Ltd in Ghana, and the non-profit sports for development organization, Playsoccer Ghana which he co-founded in 1999. He has been the past Board Chairman of Stanbic Bank (Ghana) Ltd (2012 – 2018), and Ghana’s Volta River Authority (“VRA”) (2017-2021), and served on the boards of several organizations in Africa. Kweku started out his career as an electrical engineer designing integrated circuits for telephones and TVs. After his MBA, he spent his career in the metals, mining, and energy industry, mostly in Africa. Most recently, he has been the Executive Vice President of Tullow Oil plc (UK), the operator of Ghana’s Jubilee fields, producing the majority of the country’s oil and gas. Kweku has also been an entrepreneur and has co-founded a number of companies that are operating across Africa today. PlaySoccer Ghana and PlaySoccer International, of which he is a founding member, have used soccer to teach young boys and girls in at-risk communities good healthcare practice, leadership as well as soccer skills. Over the years, it has been sponsored by organizations ranging from Manchester City FC to FIFA. Kweku remains passionate about contributing and giving back to his communities, in Africa as well as in the United States. He currently serves on the Global Advisory Council as a Board Member for National Medical Fellowships. In this episode, we talked about: Who was instrumental in his career His role as Board Chairman for the United Bank for Africa (Ghana) How finance and healthcare intersect What inspired him to get involved with NMF The advice he would give others who want to get involved with organizations like NMF To support NMF and its mission go to their website For more information about developing a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace, complete an inquiry form here
January 20, 2023

Providing opportunities for a diverse physician workforce with Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice

I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice at the NMF 75th Anniversary Gala, where she was the recipient of the NMF National Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award. Listen to how Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD, FACOG, a former recipient of an NMF scholarship as a medical student and now the sixth president of Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) and the first woman to lead the free-standing medical institution is reimagining healthcare. A renowned infertility specialist and researcher, she most recently served as dean and executive vice president of MSM, where she has served since 2011. Prior to joining MSM, Montgomery Rice held faculty positions and leadership roles at various health centers, including academic health centers. Most notably, she was the founding director of the Center for Women’s Health Research at Meharry Medical College, one of the nation’s first research centers devoted to studying diseases that disproportionately impact women of color.  She is reimagining healthcare with her dedication to the creation and advancement of health equity. Montgomery Rice lends her vast experience and talents to programs that enhance pipeline opportunities for academically diverse learners, diversify the physician and scientific workforce, and foster equity in healthcare access and health outcomes. A Georgia native, Montgomery Rice holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a medical degree from Harvard Medical School, an honorary degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and a Doctor of Humane Letters honorary degree from Rush University. All reflect her lifetime commitment to education, service, and the advancement of health equity. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Emory University School of Medicine and her fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Hutzel Hospital. NationalMedicalFellowships, Inc. believes a just and equitable world requires diverse healthcare leaders who not only bring diverse representation to the medical field but also lead the fight to eliminate health disparities. 
December 23, 2022

Diversity in Clinical Trials Research with Carmen Villar

The power of NMF is its ability to empower and uplift the next generation of healthcare leaders. Listen to how Carmen Villar, Vice President of Social Business Innovation at Merck & Co is #reimagininghealthcar by elevating the intersection of social and business impact while striving to create sustainable health systems to support improved health and well-being globally.  Prior to joining Merck, Carmen was Chief of Staff at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Carmen led the agency through both the West African Ebola and the Zika emergency responses. Her leadership was critical in providing coordination across the agency and with other US government counterparts and earned her the honor of the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award. She worked in both Nigeria and Zambia, providing leadership and oversight to CDC’s programs as part of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). As a key health advisor to the US Ambassadors in Nigeria and Zambia, she also provided expert advice in critical public health areas such as Polio and Tuberculosis.  Carmen started in government as a Presidential Management Fellow focusing on policy and program planning for HIV, STD, and TB prevention. Carmen has also overseen multi-site domestic and international HIV research projects in the areas of drug use, prevention of mother-to-child treatment, and vaccines. Prior to joining the CDC, she was the Policy Affairs Coordinator at the AIDS Healthcare Foundation and had also served as a Legislative Aide in the California Assembly. Carmen holds a Master’s in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley and a Bachelor’s in Anthropology from UC Berkley. She is currently a Board Member of NMF. National Medical Fellowships, Inc. believes a just and equitable world requires diverse healthcare leaders who not only bring diverse representation to the medical field but also lead the fight to eliminate health disparities.  You can learn more about NMF at
December 9, 2022

Using a Diverse Workforce to Advance Health Equity with Dr. Efrain Talamantes

We continue our podcast series with Dr. Efrain Talamantes, a Board Member of National Medical Fellowships. He is dedicated to serving historically underinvested communities and advancing health equity and leads initiatives throughout the country to enhance leadership and diversity in the healthcare workforce. As the Chief Operating Officer of Health Services at AltaMed Health Services, Dr. Talamantes shapes the AltaMed experience across the entire healthcare delivery system spanning over 40 clinics throughout Southern California. He oversees every aspect of day-to-day care and incorporates patient-centered solutions to address social determinants of health. Prior to becoming the Chief Operating Officer, he served as Medical Director for the AltaMed Institute for Health Equity and Medical Education, leading health services and community-partnered research and training to advance health equity and medical education at AltaMed. Dr. Talamantes is a primary care internal medicine physician and previously served as Associate Director for the University of California, Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities, as Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program, and co-directed the Center for a Diverse Healthcare Workforce (CDHW). He co-founded, serves as the Chair of the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California, he is a board member of the National Medical Fellowships, University of California, Riverside School of Medicine, and the Chicago School of Psychology. You can learn more about the distinguished awardees, host committee members, and event speakers at Support an organization working hard to reduce healthcare disparities.
November 21, 2022

Our Next Generation of Equity Change Agents with Joel Bervell

𝗔𝗿𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗮𝗻 𝗲𝗾𝘂𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗲 𝗮𝗴𝗲𝗻𝘁? The power of NMF is its ability to empower and uplift the next generation of healthcare leaders. My next #podcastinterview is with Joel Bervell, a Ghanaian-American medical student at Washington State University, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, and an NMF scholarship recipient. Better known as the '‘𝘔𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭 𝘔𝘺𝘵𝘩𝘣𝘶𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳”, he is committed to fighting health disparities in medicine through education and regularly shares topics about racial disparities, the hidden history of medicine, and biases in healthcare and other industries on his TikTok and Instagram (@joelbervell) where his platforms have over 500,000+ combined followers and 100 million+ impressions. He currently is a participant in the White House Office of Public Engagement’s Healthcare Leaders in Social Media Roundtable, serving as the American Medical Association’s Medical Student Digital Fellow, and working with the World Health Organization’s Digital Communications Team to combat the spread of misinformation on social media about COVID-19. National Medical Fellowships, Inc. believes a just and equitable world requires diverse healthcare leaders who not only bring diverse representation to the medical field but also lead the fight to eliminate health disparities.
November 13, 2022

Women Physicians Lead

Today women represent more than 50% of the medical school class, yet only hold 20% of the positions in the C-suite. My own journey with leadership was by trial and error. I wanted to represent the 20% but quickly realized, there was no leadership path to follow or defined curriculum to teach me the skills I needed to adjust quickly to this new role.

I struggled with balancing work and family, navigating our complex healthcare system, and trying to find my voice in leadership. After 20 years in the healthcare field with leadership roles in academia, public health, the insurance industry, and hospital administration, my mission is to help increase the number of women physicians in leadership roles by equipping them with the personal and professional development skills they need to be successful.

Women physicians are often deterred from seeking leadership roles due to the lack of organizational support for work-life integration, gender equity, racial discrimination, and equality in pay. Having women in leadership roles not only creates the pipeline for future leaders but also improves the delivery of care to the communities we serve.
View All Episodes


Dr. Lisa Herbert, CEO, Executive Leadership Coach

Dr. Lisa Herbert, CEO, Executive Leadership Coach

Dr. Herbert has a unique background and extensive experience of being a physician and a healthcare leader in hospital administration, public health, academic medicine, and the health insurance industry. She has held roles as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ, Physician Advisor/Medical Director for a large hospital system, Medical Director for a six-center family planning agency and Medical Director at a local and national insurance company.

After a successful career practicing in the medical field for over 20 years, Dr. Herbert’s professional journey continued as a certified executive leadership coach. She established her company Just The Right Balance, LLC where she offers coaching, consulting, workshops and training to help physician leaders create a clearer path to success. She helps clients uncover their blind spots, enhance their leadership skills, get clarity about their vision, and balance their busy work life so they can create positive change within their organizations and have rewarding careers. As a coach, she has also been instrumental in serving as a consultant between hospitals and physicians to improve physician outcomes by strengthening the physician’s leadership and organizational effectiveness as well as improving communication between the parties.

Dr. Herbert received her medical degree from Upstate University and completed her residency in Family Medicine at Mountainside Hospital. For her contribution to medicine, she received the Degree of Fellow from the American Academy of Family Physicians which is the highest honor in her field. She was also recognized by the American Medical Association with the Physician Recognition Award and received several awards from organizations for her work providing programs and education on optimal health and wellness in her community.

Dr. Herbert has published numerous articles and is a published author in the International Conference on Physician Health 2016 Abstract Book, Increasing Joy in Medicine. She is also the Best-Selling Author of Take Back Your Life: A Working Mom’s Guide to Work-Life Balance, and Physicians Rise Up: The Guide To Evolving as a Healthcare Leader.

You may also like

Top Health Podcasts. Delivered to Your Inbox and Eardrums.

Join Our Newsletter

Proudly supported by:

Nashville’s Opportunity: Eco-Action or Anxiety In this excerpt from a Climate x Health Twitter Spaces live chat, experts from Vanderbilt, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and others discuss hope and want listeners to be energetic and reject “doomerism” while embracing reality and emphasizing teamwork without ego to accomplish individual and systemic goals. This conversation was hosted live from the AAMC conference in Nashville.