Naima Joseph

Physician, Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Department of Gynecology & Obstetrics, Emory University School of Medicine

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What do you do?

I am a Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist, which means that I help sick moms have healthy babies. I work closely with women and their families with high risk pregnancies to achieve optimal perinatal outcomes and more than that, I investigate the roles of communities and health systems in achieving these goals.

Why did you choose this field?

My mother is a nurse from Haiti who really inspired my decision to pursue medicine. I chose to spend a summer volunteering in a clinic in Jeremie, Haiti where I witnessed the joy of childbirth. Unfortunately, I also saw that there is a huge potential for tragedy, a lot of which can be avoided through targeted community interventions and improving health system quality. My day to day job is great- I get to take care of two patients at once in a field that is rapidly evolving in accordance with the latest science and technology. But I also get to think about and research the problems that affect the majority of patients and work to affect real change.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

I led the COVID-19 Pandemic Response for Labor and Delivery at our hospital! Obstetricians and MFMs are so well equipped to work in humanitarian settings precisely because of the fast-paced, complex, and often emergent nature of the clinical setting. While daunting, I knew that I was well trained, in a supportive system, with wonderful mentors and role models working alongside me.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I love taking care of patients. I love the application of new data, technology, and innovation at the bedside.

Best advice for next generation?

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Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

“Excellence is never an accident. It is the result of high intention, sincere effort, skillful execution, and the vision to see obstacles as opportunities.”

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