Dr Uche Blackstock is an American Emergency Physician and former Associate Professor of Emergency Medecine at the New York School of Medecine.
Uché Blackstock is an American emergency physician and former Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the New York University School of Medicine. She is the Founder and CEO of Advancing Health Equity, which has a primary mission to engage with healthcare and related organizations around bias and racism in healthcare with the goal of mobilizing for health equity and eradicating racialized health inequities.
She was the first member of her family to attend college. During her practice, she specialized in nephrology and served as president of an organization for Brooklyn’s black women doctors. Blackstock’s father, Earl, was an accountant. Blackstock and her sister spent much of their childhood with their mother at the hospital, or watching her work in community health programs in Brooklyn. They both graduated from Stuyvesant High School in 1995 and attended undergrad and medical school at Harvard, following in their mother’s footsteps into medicine. During Blackstock’s sophomore year, her mother fell ill with leukemia and in July 1997, died.
During the COVID-19 pandemic Blackstock used social media to share her experiences and concerns as a physician working on the front lines and on racial health disparities and inequities exposed by the pandemic. She is best known for her work amplifying the message on racial health inequities and her media appearances speaking on the COVID-19 pandemic. She has been featured on Meet the Press, PBS NewsHour, Slate and Forbes among others