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Attending Physician

Kings County Hospital 

Dr Gore is an attending physician and clinical assistant professor at Kings County Hospital – SUNY Downstate Department of Emergency Medicine in Brooklyn, NY. After finishing his undergraduate studies at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, he then went on to the State University of New York at Buffalo for medical school after which he completed his emergency medicine residency training at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, where he was chief resident.

Dr. Gore was the assistant program director for the Kings County-SUNY Downstate Emergency Medicine Residency Program (the largest Emergency Medicine training program in the U.S.) for four years. He is currently the founder and executive director of the KAVI (Kings Against Violence Initiative), a hospital, school and community based youth violence intervention, prevention and empowerment program targeting teens that have been injured as a result of violence or at risk for violent and recurrent violent injury.

He is the founder and director of the Minority Medical Student Emergency Medicine (MMSEM) Summer Fellowship, which is a mentoring and enrichment program for under-represented minorities interested in Emergency Medicine with a focus on project development.

Dr. Gore has lectured around the U.S, the Caribbean, South America and Asia and has worked in East Africa, Haiti and South America. Since 2008 he has been working as a consultant for Clinique Espérance et Vie in Terrier Rouge (Northern Haiti) and working towards establishing a regional health care system in the northern part of Haiti. He is on the advisory board for EMEDEX International, a non-profit organization dedicated to the global promotion and advancement of emergency medicine, disaster management and public health.



Known As "America's Psychologist" 

Board Certified Clinical Psychologist 

Dr. Jeff Gardere, better known as “America’s Psychologist”, was born in Manhattan and raised in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. His parents were born in Haiti. Dr. Jeff attended Brooklyn Technical High School and earned his BA from The University of Rochester. He earned a Masters degree from Columbia University, and a Masters and Ph.D. in philosophy and clinical psychology from the George Washington University.

Dr. Jeff is a Board Certified Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Professor and Course Director of Behavioral Medicine, Cultural Competence and Behavior and Public Health, at  the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York City.

Dr. Jeff has a successful private practice in which he works with families, couples and individuals. He also treats and serves as a life coach to celebrities and professional athletes alike. He provides evaluations for IVF donors and also provides screenings of ministerial candidates for ordination.

Dr. Jeff is also a prolific author of several research, scientific journal and magazine articles, four books and is a contributing author to several books including the brand-new medical text, "The Causes of Autism." 

In addition to being a respected academician, Dr. Jeff is a well-known media personality. He has been a contributor to Salon.com, FOX News Network, MSNBC, CNN, WPIX, WCBS, WNYW and WABC. Dr. Jeff was the host of VH1's Dad Camp, and was the therapist on The Housewives of Atlanta and I Dream of Nene on Bravo, Love and Hip Hop New York, on VH1. This season he is the principle psychologist on: Housewives of Potomac on Bravo, For My Man, on TV One, Celebrity Damage Control and They Got Away with It on the Reelz Channel. He is also the staff psychologist on the syndicated show, Lauren Lake's Paternity Court and the brand new show, Couples Court.



Deputy Commissioner

NYC Department of Health

Aletha Maybank, MD, MPH is highly proficient physician with demonstrated excellence in public health, health communications/media, preventive medicine, and leadership. Her expertise rests in the areas of preventive medicine, health equity, neighborhood health, partnership/relationship building, and health communication. 

Dr. Maybank currently serves as Deputy Commissioner in the New York City Department of Health. In 2014, Dr. Maybank became the founding Director over the Center for Health Equity, a newly established position and Division in the Health Department. The Center’s mission is to bring an explicit focus to health equity in all of the Department’s work by tackling structural barriers, such as racism, ensuring meaningful community engagement, and fostering interagency coordination in targeted neighborhoods to ensure that all NYers have the opportunity to achieve optimal health.

Dr. Maybank also successfully launched the Office of Minority Health as its Founding Director in the Suffolk County Department of Health Services in NY from 2006-2009. Currently, Dr. Maybank serves as Vice President of the Empire State Medical Association, the NYS affiliate of the National Medical Association.  She is a founding board member of the Artemis Medical Society (an international mentoring, networking, and advocacy organization of over 3000 female physicians of color). In 2012, she co-founded "We Are Doc McStuffins," a movement created by African American female physicians who were inspired by the Disney Junior character Doc McStuffins.   She teaches medical students and public health students on topics related to health inequities, public health leadership and management, physician advocacy, and community organizing in health.

In her spare time, Dr. Maybank has served on medical mission trips to Haiti to assist in the post-earthquake relief efforts. While there, she provided health care, conducted a public health assessment, and provided recommendations on how to improve sanitation and hygiene conditions on a tent camp of 20,000 people.

Dr. Maybank holds a BA from Johns Hopkins University, a MD from Temple University School of Medicine, and a MPH from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. She is pediatrician board certified in Preventive Medicine/Public Health.



Holistic Healer

Queen Afua Wellness Center

Queen Afua has over 40 years experience as a holistic health practitioner and wellness coach. A pioneer in the green foods movement, Queen Afua is the author of 6 books, the creator of the Heal Thyself product line, and CEO of the Queen Afua Wellness Center. 

Queen Afua has devoted her life to fighting the overwhelmingly high rates of hysterectomies, fibroids, hypertension, and other diseases by teaching people how to understand and utilize the power of food, self-care, and holistic healthy choices as an empowering lifestyle.

Queen Afua has inspired over 1,000,000 women, men and children throughout the United States and the Virgin Islands, Canada, the Caribbean, Africa and Europe with her workshops, books, products, and presentations. 

Queen Afua's renowned 21 Day Detox and Rejuvenation Program has been clinically tried and tested in partnerships with medical doctors to show proven results in lowered blood pressure, decrease in medication dosage, and weight loss.




Director of Quality Improvement 

The William F. Ryan Community Health Network

Venis Wilder, MD is a Harvard-trained family doctor who lives, works, and thrives in Harlem, NYC. She practices in a community health clinic providing compassionate care to everyone from newborns to the elderly.  She is the current Director of Quality Improvement at The William F. Ryan Community Health Network in New York City, and also serves as the Medical Director of the Ryan/Thelma Adair and Ryan/Frederick Douglass sites.  She is a medical consultant for the families and staff at The Harlem Children’s Zone, a major nonprofit in Harlem.  She is a graduate of Duke University, Harvard Medical School, and New-York Presbyterian/Columbia family medicine residency.  She is originally from South Florida, and is a devoted mother, community advocate, and health educator.  She is the founder of HarlemDocs, a network of local health professionals in her community, as well as the CEO of The City Doc – providing vital health information for everyone to live their best life!


Gynecologic Oncologist 

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Carol L. Brown, M.D., is a board-certified Gynecologic Oncologist who is the Associate Cancer Center Director for Diversity and Outreach at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She holds academic appointments as Attending Surgeon and Member, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology at Cornell University Weill Medical College, New York, NY. 

Dr. Brown currently holds national leadership positions including President Elect of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO), and Co-Chair of the NRG Oncology Health Disparities Committee. She will be the 50th President, and the first African-American female to lead the SGO, an organization whose 2000 members are dedicated to caring for women with gynecologic cancer and advancing research in the field.  She is a member of other professional societies including the National Medical Association, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Medical Association, and the American Association for Cancer Research. Dr. Brown is a Fellow of both the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American College of Surgeons, and serves an examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 

Dr. Brown graduated with honors from Harvard University and received her medical degree from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. She completed her clinical and research fellowships in Gynecologic Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York where she has been a faculty member in the Department of Surgery for 23 years.



Attending Physician  

 NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan

Camille A. Clare, MD, MPH, CPE, FACOG is Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at New York Medical College. She is a board certified obstetrician and gynecologist, and attending physician at NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan in Manhattan, New York. She received her medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York, and completed obstetrics and gynecology residency at the State University of New York at Buffalo. She obtained a Masters of Public Health in Health Policy and Management at New York Medical College. Dr. Clare is the Director of Resident Research in her department, and the Interim Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion at New York Medical College. She has received numerous teaching awards for excellence in medical student teaching from the New York Medical College Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. At Metropolitan Hospital, Dr. Clare serves on the Breastfeeding and Bereavement Committees, and Committee of Diversity and Inclusion. She is dedicated to the patients that she serves as an outstanding clinician, clinical researcher and educator. 

Dr. Clare is an active member of the National Medical Association (NMA) Obstetrics and Gynecology section, serving on its Breastfeeding Alliance Taskforce. Dr. Clare is president of the Manhattan Central Medical Society, a local affiliate of NMA. She has served as Health Policy chair for the NMA NY state society, known as the Empire State Medical Association. Dr. Clare is the immediate past chair of the Council of Concerns of Women Physicians of the NMA. She has also previously served on the NMA House of Delegates Committee on Credentials and Rules and Order of Business, as scientific program co-chair of Region 1 NMA meetings, and as NMA Region 1 Secretary-Treasurer. In 2012, Dr. Clare received a Region 1 service award for outstanding service. She is currently NMA Region 1 Chair. Dr. Clare is Chair of the NMA Board of Trustees (BOT) Membership Committee and Co-Chair of the BOT Health Policy Committee. In 2016, Dr. Clare received the National Scroll of Merit Award, which is the highest award for service that the NMA bestows. The National Medical Association is the largest and oldest organization of African American physicians in the United States, committed to addressing health care disparities and achieving health equity for patients primarily of African descent.