Dr. Nnemdi Kamanu Elias obtained her medical degree from Yale University, completed residency in Internal Medicine/Primary Care at the University of California, San Francisco and obtained a Masters in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley. She is board certified in both Addiction Medicine and Internal Medicine, and currently practices in the field of Addiction Medicine.
At the time of the fellowship, she was Senior Medical Director of the HIV/AIDS clinic and founder of the Office for Community Health and Engagement at United Medical Center (UMC). She joined UMC after serving as Chief Medical Officer at the Washington DC Department of Health's HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD and TB Administration. (HAHSTA).
Prior to joining the DC government, she was a senior staff member at the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership in the Netherlands, an organization created by the European Commission to support the development of clinical interventions for poverty-related diseases in Africa and to build the capacity of developing country scientists. Under PEPFAR (President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) as Chief of the HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment section of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Global AIDS Program in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Dr. Elias oversaw the implementation of United States Government supported HIV care and treatment services. Before that she was at PEPFAR headquarters, within the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator in the Department of State as a Technical Advisor.
Dr. Elias’ most recent efforts have focused on changing ""the Zipcode Paradigm"" - where one's zipcode affects one's health more than their genetic code, and she demonstrates this passion through social entrepreneurship and service.