Call to Action for Health Equity: Racial Disparities in the Care of Patients with Cardiometabolic Disease


Monica E. Peek, MD, MPH, MSc
Ellen H. Block Professor of Health Justice in the Department of Medicine
Associate Director, Chicago Center for Diabetes Translation Research
Director of Research, MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics
The University of Chicago
Chicago, IL
Monica E. Peek, MD, MPH, MSc

Monica Peek, MD, MPH, MSc is an Ellen H. Block Professor of Health Justice in the Department of Medicine. She is also the Associate Director, Chicago Center for Diabetes Translation Research, and Director of Research, MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. She is a practicing internist, medical educator, and clinician investigator. Her research pursues health equity and social justice, with a focus on promoting equitable doctor/patient relationships among racial minorities, integrating the medical and social needs of patients, and addressing health care discrimination and structural racism impacting health outcomes (e.g., diabetes, COVID-19). Dr. Peek has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed publications and abstracts on health care disparities, diversity, and bias; has been the principal investigator of multiple grants to address health disparities; and has been invited to speak at numerous local and national medical meetings.

Marc Cohen, MD, FACC
Chair of the Department of Medicine, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (NBIMC)
Chairman, Department of Medicine
Formerly, Director, Division of Cardiology
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
Professor of Medicine
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Newark, NJ
Marc Cohen, MD, FACC
Chair of the Department of Medicine, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (NBIMC)

Marc Cohen, MD, is the Chair of the Department of Medicine at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (NBIMC) in New Jersey, recognized by Newsweek as one of the world’s best hospitals. Formerly, he was Chief of the Division of Cardiology and Director of Cardiology Fellowship Training at NBI for 17 years. He was part of the TAVR team at one of the most active Valve Centers in New Jersey; Dr. Cohen is currently Professor of Medicine at Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School in Newark, New Jersey.

Dr. Cohen has been instrumental in the expansion and enhancement of the Department of Medicine, augmenting an award-winning veteran team. During his tenure, NBIMC has reached a 1,100-heart transplant milestone and 1,000 TAVRs. As one of the top Centers in the US, specialists in intracoronary imaging, heart transplant, mechanical circulation devices, advanced lung disease, and lung transplant are able to care for a full range of health care options from routine to advanced critical care. Dr. Cohen is very proud of the 100s of Fellows and residents that he mentored.

Prior to NBIMC, Dr. Cohen served as Chief of Cardiology and Director of Clinical Research at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia and was director of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab there for ten years. He received his MD with honors from the New York University School of Medicine, and completed his internship, residency, and fellowship in cardiology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, the Board of Cardiovascular Diseases, and the subspecialty Board of Interventional Cardiology.

Dr. Cohen is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, American College of Physicians, and the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions, and is a member of the Cardiovascular Health Advisory Panel to the Commissioner of Health of the State of New Jersey. He has participated in many clinical trials, serving as the lead investigator of the international, multicenter ESSENCE trial, ACUTE I, ACUTE II, TETAMI, SEPIA-PCI, and as the co-lead investigator for the PRISM trial.

Dr. Cohen has authored or coauthored more than 400 articles including more than 200 peer-reviewed original papers. He has been a member of the editorial boards of Journal of the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Journal, American Journal of Cardiology, Journal of Invasive Cardiology, and the Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis, and Coronary Revascularization Therapeutics.

Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, MPA, MBA, FAAP, FACP, FAHA, FAMWA, FTOS
Obesity Medicine Physician Scientist
Massachusetts General Hospital
Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA
Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, MPA, MBA, FAAP, FACP, FAHA, FAMWA, FTOS

Dr. Stanford is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics who practices and teaches at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)/ Harvard Medical School (HMS) as one of the first fellowship-trained obesity medicine physicians worldwide. She is among the most highly cited obesity medicine physician-scientists with over 170 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Stanford received her BS and MPH from Emory University as an MLK Scholar, her MD from the Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine as a Stoney Scholar, her MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government as a Zuckerman Fellow in the Harvard Center for Public Leadership and her executive MBA as a merit-based scholarship recipient from the Quantic School of Business and Technology. She completed her Obesity Medicine & Nutrition Fellowship at MGH/HMS after completing her internal medicine and pediatrics residency at the University of South Carolina. She has served as a health communications fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and as a behavioral sciences intern at the American Cancer Society. Upon completing her MPH, she received the Gold Congressional Award, the highest honor Congress bestows upon America’s youth.

Dr. Stanford has completed a medicine and media internship at the Discovery Channel. An American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation Leadership Award recipient in 2005 and an AMA Paul Ambrose Award for national leadership among resident physicians in 2009, she was selected for the AMA Inspirational Physician Award in 2015. The American College of Physicians (ACP) selected her as the 2013 Joseph E. Johnson Leadership Award recipient, and the Massachusetts ACP selected her for the Young Leadership Award in 2015. She is the 2017 recipient of the HMS Amos Diversity Award and the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) Award for Women’s Health. In 2019, she was selected as the Suffolk District Community Clinician of the Year for the Reducing Health Disparities Award for MMS. She was chosen for The Obesity Society Clinician of the Year in 2020. In 2021, she was awarded the MMS Grant Rodkey Award for her dedication to medical students and the AMA Dr. Edmond and Rima Cabbabe Dedication to the Profession Award, which recognizes a physician who demonstrates active and productive improvement to the profession of medicine through community service, advocacy, leadership, teaching, or philanthropy. She is the 2021 Recipient of the Emory Rollins School of Public Health Distinguished Alumni Award. In 2022, the National Academy of Medicine selected her as a Scholar in Diagnostic Excellence. She was named to the 2025 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Agriculture (USDA).


Statement of Need

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for adults in the US. However, patients from minority populations with cardiovascular disease have disproportionately poor health outcomes and are particularly vulnerable to health disparities. Racial inequities in health also result in higher risk-burden in minority groups for metabolic syndromes such as Type 2 (adult-onset) diabetes, which increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. Health disparities in cardiometabolic care predominantly affect African American/Black, Hispanic/Latinx, Native American, low socioeconomic status (SES) populations and other minority groups. It is imperative that clinicians recognize the impact of health inequities and inequalities on outcomes in minority patients with cardiometabolic disorders and address unconscious bias and disparities in care.

This CME Outfitters Live and OnDemand will focus on identifying structural and social determinants of health (SDOH) and clinician biases that place minority patients at risk for poorer outcomes in cardiovascular disease and implementing health care practices to improve these outcomes.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this CME/CE activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify structural and social determinants of health (SDOH) that place African American/Black, Hispanic and other minority populations at risk for poor outcomes in cardiovascular disease.
  • Recognize the impact of bias and health inequity on outcomes of patients with cardiometabolic disorders.
  • Implement health care practices targeted at improving outcomes for minority patients with metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease.

Financial Support

Supported by an educational grant from the Johnson & Johnson Institute and the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies

Target Audience

Physicians, physician associates (PAs), nurse practitioners (NPs), nurses, and pharmacists

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Dr. Peek has no disclosures to report.

Dr. Cohen reports that he receives research support from Edwards Lifesciences Corporation. He serves on the speakers bureau for AstraZeneca; Boehinger Ingelheim; and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Dr. Stanford reports that she receives research support from Amazon. She consults for Calibrate Health, Chroma Health, GoodRx, Inc., and Novo Nordisk.

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  • Noreen Iftikhar, MD (planning committee)
  • Kathleen Blake, PhD (planning committee)
  • Jan Perez (planning committee)
  • Sharon Tordoff (planning committee)

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Call to Action for Health Equity: Racial Disparities in the Care of Patients with Cardiometabolic Disease
Event Date: 07/14/2021 at 4:00 am EST