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Spotlights: Brief Profiles

Spotlights: Brief Profiles

EVMS is committed to recruiting and developing a diverse faculty, staff and student body, believing that a mixture of ethnic, racial and cultural backgrounds as well as vibrant life experiences are critical to a successful teaching, research and patient-care environment. Fostering an environment where all are welcomed, valued and supported to fulfill their potential is a priority at EVMS. 

Meet some members of our EVMS community.

‌Nebiyu Shukur
MD Class of 2017

“Earning my Medical Master’s degree here provided me with superior preparation for medical school. And a program that matches students with physician-mentors is teaching me about patient care from the community and patient perspectives.”

Malissa Nasbit
Coordinator of Community Preceptors, Doctor of Medicine Education

“When I made the decision to join EVMS as a staff member, I knew that this was where I belonged. I believe in the school’s mission and identify with its commitment to education, community and outreach.”

Valerie Harvey, MD
Assistant Professor of Dermatology

"I was excited to attend the American Association of Medical Colleges Minority Faculty Career Development Seminar. This was a unique opportunity to gain practical knowledge and skills, receive one-on-one career consultation, as well as form a network of professional connections that extends well beyond the three-day learning event."


Nkechinyere Emezienna
MD Class of 2017, president of the Student National Medical Association

"I made the decision to attend EVMS because of the supportive and attentive environment. I have had the opportunity to shadow an OB/GYN in the surrounding community since first year due to an initiative that was started by EVMS Diversity and Inclusion." Contact Nkechinyere Emezienna to learn more about her EVMS experience.

Michael Solhaug, MD
Professor and Vice Chairman of Physiological Sciences

“As a veteran myself, I’m well aware of how much we value the significant contributions of veterans and appreciate their potential to thrive at EVMS. Our collegial and supportive environment empowers veterans to obtain a terrific education and launch a successful health career.”

Nicole Phillip
MD Class of 2015

“I grew up in Hampton Roads and pursued my bachelor’s degree as a scholarship recipient at Norfolk State University. With the excellent training I’m receiving at EVMS, I hope to return to my community to serve as a pediatrician.”

Thomas Kimble, MD
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology

“As part of the EVMS commitment to advance diversity, I was supported to participate in a tremendously valuable faculty development workshop hosted by the American Association of Medical Colleges. The workshop was designed to guide underrepresented minority faculty in navigating the structure of academic medicine.”



Tierney Allen
MD Class of 2016

“EVMS is enabling me to explore my interest in health disparities and unconscious bias among health-care providers, both through service learning in the HOPES free clinic and through interactive discussions on health equity.”

Vera Potts-Anderson
Student Programs Coordinator

"These students come to EVMS with a goal in mind, and I think that I play a small part in helping them get to this goal. Being here at EVMS with the diverse population we have in the students is almost like traveling without having to go anywhere."

Monicah Njogu
Biomedical Science Class of 2016

"I am grateful to be one of only 12 UNCF/Merck fellowship recipients in the country. These fellowships helps African American graduate students to complete coursework, conduct research and prepare the dissertation required for a doctoral degree in biomedically-relevant life or physical sciences and engineering. My long-term goal is to be a leading scientist in the search for effective and safe therapies against cancer."