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 & 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.

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