No. 6: Bonita Stanton

Stanton, the founding dean of the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University, holds a bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College (magna cum laude, Durant Scholar) and a medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine (cum laude and Alpha Omega Alpha).

She completed her pediatric residency at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital (Case Western Reserve) and her Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellowship at Yale. She previously served as vice dean for Research at Wayne State School of Medicine, as chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. She also served as chair of the Department of Pediatrics, West Virginia University and division chief of General Pediatrics at the University of Maryland’s School of Medicine and as health consultant to the World Bank and research scientist for the International Center for Diarrheal Diseases Research, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Focused on improving the health of under-represented minorities and disenfranchised populations, Stanton has been funded by the National Institutes of Health for over 25 years. She has consulted for the World Bank, the Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization, UNICEF and USAID on issues related to urban health, HIV/AIDS transmission in youth, maternal child health, vaccines and health services research.

An author of more than 325 peer-reviewed articles, she served as a member of the Advisory Board of the National Institutes of Health’s Fogarty International Center.

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