Utibe Essien, MD, MPH '13 Rising Star – Clinical Practitioner Award A standout student, Dr. Essien received the Dean’s Recognition Award upon his graduation from Einstein in 2013. He was elected Medical Student Council President for three years and was an Einstein representative for the Organization of Student Representatives, OSR. He became the National Delegate of Community and Diversity and, under his leadership, coordinated workshops and presentations at annual AAMC conferences on issues of diversity and health disparities. While a resident, he founded the Social Justice Interest Group at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Essien pursues his clinical and research interest in racial/ethnic health disparities, the use of novel therapeutics and technologies in the management of chronic diseases and understanding mechanisms by which differences exist in their uptake and diffusion. Dr. Essien has excelled in scholarship and clinical research since his graduation. He has 18 peer reviewed refereed articles, of which 11 were done in 2020. He has 21 published abstracts, posters, presentations and exhibits since 2014. He has received grant funding to do his research from several sources, including the National Heart Lung Blood Institute, Society of General Internal Medicine and American Heart Association. During 2020, He presented 15 times on the national level in 2020, with a number of those presentations focusing on health disparities in the age of COVID-19. He continues to be involved in mentoring, which he has engaged in since 2015. He is involved on several committees at University of Pittsburgh addressing diversity and is on the dean’s rapid response team. Dr. Essien has received recognition from groups and organizations such as 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health, National Minority Quality Forum; Top 50 Leaders to Trust in a Pandemic, Elemental; and Distinguished Professor of Health Equity Poster Walk and Talk Winner, Society of General Internal Medicine.