Nominee’s nameLatonya Riddle-Jones

SEEN Changemaker CategoryMedicine

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Nominee’s job titleAssistant Professor and Med-Peds Physician
Nominee’s cityDetroit
Please describe why the nominee is a SEEN Changemaker:

Dr. Latonya Riddle-Jones wears many hats, mum, daughter, colleague and Assistant Professor, Vice-Chair, for Diversity and Inclusion Council -
Co-Course Director, Service Learning Programs at Wayne State University School of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine (IM) -
Division of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. Juggling all these responsibilities is no easy task yet she is enrolled in a program at Harvard University so she can polish her skills and be a role model to others.

Latonya does out of her way to guide students and her colleagues when they are trying to accomplish or try new initiatives that not only benefit their careers but that of their patients and the community at large.

Tell us about the individual’s accomplishments:

Dr. Riddle-Jones rose from being a Chemical Engineer from Michigan State University to a physician graduating from Wayne State University School of Medicine and soon an Epidemiologist from Harvard School of Public Health. She has been recognized as Medical Resident of the Year for her excellence in patient care. She exhibits humanism, professionalism and serves with a smile. This is evident in her being inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society.

The Society of General Internal Medicine honored her with the Leadership in Health Policy Fellowship. She uses these skills to advocate for better education for all example equality of care for LGBTQ individuals; doctors’ ability to counsel their patients on gun safety, etc.

How is he/she impacting the community or the lives of people in Metro Detroit or across the world.

Not one to shy from expressing her thought one can read opinion articles that she has written in local community newspapers to Harvard journals etc., these are read by all on-line or in print.

At Corktown Health Center, the first LGBTQ clinic in Detroit she makes sure staff, students and colleagues are trained on how to be empathetic and use the correct pronouns, etc when caring for the patients.

Karmanos Cancer Center too, benefits from her skills and advocacy at the state level

Nationally Dr. Riddle-Jones presents at conferences with her peers and students. The time she takes to explain her research shows how passionate she is for making a difference in the lives of her patients, and advancing the careers of her students and colleagues.

I, however, think she would not want me to forget what the joy her own children and family bring her and allow her to be so engaged to make strides in the lives of others


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