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Meet Our Advocates: Dr. Adeola Oni-Orisan (she/her/hers)

Where do you call home?
The Bay Area

What’s your specialty or area of expertise?
Family medicine and reproductive health

What first inspired you to become a doctor?
I can’t recall the spark that started it all, as I’ve wanted to be a doctor for as long as I can remember, but I do know that my patients and the marginalized communities they live in inspire me every day to continue to strive to be a better doctor, advocate, and human.

What advice do you have for medical students and residents wanting to incorporate advocacy into their day-to-day?
Charity begins at home. How are you treating yourself, your friends, your family, your colleagues, your co-residents, the community where your institution stands? Are you making sure your tank is full before helping others? Do you speak up when the people you know tell you they are being treated unjustly? Have you made an effort to learn about the community you live in? These are the questions I would work towards answering first even before getting on Twitter, writing a resolution, or speaking to the media.

What current policy issue especially motivates you to be an advocate?
Anti-Black racism in reproductive health care

How have the events of the past few years shaped how you view being a physician advocate?
I am inspired by the Black women who have taken the very bold and sometimes forcibly public step of centering their own mental health and wellness above all else. This is how I now approach being a physician advocate.

What is bringing you joy these days?
I find joy in meaningful connections with others.

Our Meet Our Advocates series showcases the talents and passion of one of our doctors and finds out, in their own words, what inspires them to be physician advocates. Adeola Oni-Orisan, MD, PhD is a current Fellow in our Leadership Training Academy Class of 2022. Dr. Oni-Orisan practices family medicine in California.

Read more interviews from the Meet Our Advocates series.