Frontiers in Oncology Seminars
Bridging the Cancer Center Mission with Community Engagement
Karen Winkfield, MD, PhD
June 29, 2021
Dr. Winkfield is the Executive Director of the MeharryVanderbilt Alliance which seeks to eliminate health disparities by developing and supporting collaborative initiatives between Meharry Medical College, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, community partners and the individuals, families and communities they serve.
Dr. Winkfield is a radiation oncologist specializing in the treatment of hematologic and breast malignancies. She is an implementation scientist focused on improving health outcomes for underserved populations through community-engaged research and community-based initiatives designed to improve access to healthcare including clinical trials. Her leadership roles have focused on developing bi-directional communication between researchers and community to ensure equitable access to care regardless of race/ethnicity, geographic location or socioeconomic states. She also espouses workforce diversity as a means to improve health equity.