Nicole Redmond, MD, PhD, MPH, FACP is a board-certified internal medicine physician who completed her MD/PhD in the Medical Scientist Training Program at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston, South Carolina. Her initial interests were in neurobiology and she conducted research on GABA-a receptor expression in a mouse model for alcohol withdrawal. However, as she completed medical school she became more interested in health disparities and population medicine. She completed her internal medicine (primary care track) residency at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She received her Masters in Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health as a part of her training in the Harvard Fellowships in General Internal Medicine and Primary Care at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. She was Assistant Professor in the Division of Preventive Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham prior to joining the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute in 2016.
One of Dr. Redmond’s research interests is racial/ethnic and geographic disparities in psychosocial, behavioral, and clinical cardiovascular disease risk factors. Her research has been published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Hypertension, and the Journal of the American Heart Association. Dr. Redmond also has an interest in the role of the impact of the criminal justice system on health disparities; she was the lead investigator for the Alabama site of the Transitions Clinic Network, an initiative funded by the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Innovation to link persons with chronic medical problems to primary care upon release from prison and prospectively evaluate their health, healthcare utilization, and cost of care. Her clinical practice wais based at the Cooper Green Outpatient Medical Clinic, Alabama’s only county-owned, safety-net medical center.
In response to requests from both trainees and faculty, Dr. Redmond became increasingly involved in teaching related to health disparities and culturally responsive care. Educational opportunities in these areas typically consist of elective/special topics/independent courses or rotations that were offered inconsistently. Recognizing this gap, she was awarded institutional funding to develop a faculty development program with the goal of improving integration of training in health disparities and cultural competence across the entire spectrum of medical education.
Dr. Redmond actively participates in national and local networks of other clinicians and investigators involved in research and clinical care for vulnerable/high-risk populations and addressing health disparities. Dr. Redmond has been involved in the SGIM Minorities in Medicine Interest Group and Disparities Task Force (DTF) since residency and is a founding member of the SGIM Criminal Justice and Health Interest Group. She served as the DTF Co-chair in 2016-2017, and as Chair in 2017-2018. She is a former member of the Young Professionals Board of the UAB Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center (MHRC) along with other community leaders from business, law, education, and social services. Dr. Redmond’s involvement in these organizations facilitates her capability to disseminate research findings and innovations in practice among leaders and stakeholders in minority health both locally and nationally.
As a program official in the Clinical Applications and Prevention Branch, she manages a portfolio focused on research and training in cardiovascular disease prevention.