Consuelo H. Wilkins, MD, MSCI, Professor of Medicine, is Senior Vice President and Senior Associate Dean for Health Equity and Inclusive Excellence, Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She is a nationally recognized thought leader in health equity and in addressing the elimination of systemic inequities that impact the health and well-being of minoritized racial and ethnic groups. Throughout her career, Dr. Wilkins has focused her research on racial and ethnic health disparities using a community engaged approach. She is currently Principal Investigator of three NIH-funded centers: the Southeast Collaborative for Innovative and Equitable Solutions to Chronic Disease Disparities, a collaboration between Vanderbilt, Miami, and Meharry (NIMHD); the Vanderbilt Clinical and Translational Science Award (NCATS); and a national Recruitment Innovation Center (NCATS), which is part of the Trial Innovation Network. She has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers primarily on health equity and engagement.
Dr. Wilkins has received many national awards and honors. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and the American Society for Clinical Investigation.
Dr. Wilkins earned a Bachelor of Science in microbiology and Doctor of Medicine from Howard University. She completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Duke University Medical Center and a Geriatric Medicine fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine/Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Following her medical training, she earned a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation from Washington University School of Medicine.