Atlanta Team Bios

Liana Gefter MDLiana Gefter MD
Program Manager, Health Career Academy
Aetna’s Racial and Ethnic Equality Initiative

 

Makia Powers MD MPH FAAPMakia Powers photo
Assistant Professor and Assistant Clerkship Director
Morehouse School of Medicine

 

Jada Bussey-Jones, MD, FACPBussey-Jones Professional photo
Health Career Academy Faculty Sponsor
Professor of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
Chief, Grady Section General Medicine and Geriatrics
Co-Director Urban Health Initiative

 

 

 

Detailed Biographies

Liana Gefter MD

Program Manager, Health Career Academy
Aetna’s Racial and Ethnic Equality Initiative

Liana Gefter MD

Dr. Liana Gefter is the program manager for the Health Career Academy.  Dr. Gefter’s primary areas of interest include healthcare disparities, education equity, medical education, and community partnership.  Dr. Gefter received her medical degree from Stanford University School of Medicine where she developed a Pipeline Program bringing medical student volunteers to teach in underserved schools.  Prior to medical school, she served for three years as a Teach for America corps member in East Palo Alto, CA where she taught elementary and middle school and was awarded the Unsung Hero award – a national teaching award for excellence in teaching.  As an undergraduate Women, Gender, and Ethnic Studies major, Dr. Gefter’s thesis work involved extensive qualitative and epidemiologic research with girls in juvenile detention.  Dr. Gefter also works as a research associate at Stanford School of Medicine in the Center for Education and Research in Family and Community Medicine where she developed the Stanford Youth Diabetes Coaches Program partnering medical residents with underserved high schools.  Her Stanford program is now being implemented nationally and internationally.  Dr. Gefter is currently finishing a Master’s in Public Health from UC Berkeley.

Dr. Gefter’s husband, Dr. Kareem Graham is an assistant professor in the Dept. of Physiology at Emory School of Medicine and shares Dr. Gefter’s passion for issues of diversity and inclusion.  They are the proud parents of two young children and can often be found volunteering at their children’s schools, and at local children’s museums, parks and bouncy house play zones.

Makia Powers MD MPH FAAP,
Assistant Professor and Assistant Clerkship Director
Morehouse School of Medicine.

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Dr.Powers obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from Spelman College, a Master’s of Public Health from Harvard University, and a Medical Degree from Morehouse School of Medicine. She completed her pediatric training at Children’s Hospital Boston/Boston Medical Center Combined Pediatric Residency Program. She then completed a general academic pediatric fellowship at Children’s Hospital Boston.  After completing her training, she started her career as Medical Director of the Adolescent Center and Co-Director of the Teen and Tot Program at Boston Medical Center.  Her Southern roots brought her back to Atlanta, where she joined the faculty of Morehouse School of Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics. She completed the Faculty Development Program and Satcher Health Leadership Institute Health Policy Fellowship Program during her first year on faculty. She developed a curriculum and implemented the Health Policy/Advocacy Rotation into the MSM Community Pediatrics Residency program.  In addition, she directs the pediatric simulation program and developed a curriculum for the third year MD curriculum.  She currently is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Legislative Committee (Georgia chapter). She balances her medical career by staying involved in numerous community activities and being an avid classical ballet dancer.

Jada Bussey-Jones, MD, FACP
Health Career Academy Faculty Sponsor
Professor of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
Chief, Grady Section General Medicine and Geriatrics
Co-Director Urban Health Initiative

Bussey-Jones Professional photoDr. Bussey-Jones is a Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine of Emory University’s School of Medicine. She currently serves as the Chief of Grady Section of General Medicine and Geriatrics and the Co-Director of Emory University’s Urban Health Initiative. Dr. Bussey-Jones has nationally recognized educational expertise in the areas of minority health, disparities, as well as patient and provider education to minimize disparities. She has developed several program initiatives addressing health promotion and disease prevention for a largely minority and underserved population in her former role as the Director of the Primary Care Center of Grady Memorial Hospital. She has developed and directed several curricula on cultural competence, disparities, and social determinants of health for students, residents and faculty and was recognized with a 2002 Educational Innovation Award for this work. She has also served as the program chair for the Southern Society of General Internal Medicine Annual Meeting. She chaired the National Disparities Education Task Force for the Society of General Internal Medicine organization and served as editor for a special issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine dedicated to disparities education. In this role, her leadership resulted in an award winning national disparities course, web based educational modules, and two national symposia on disparities at both the Society of General Internal Medicine and at the American Association of Medical Colleges.
 

Morehouse School of Medicine
Morehouse School of Medicine
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Emory University Medical Education Building
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Atlanta Medical Students