Dr. Shamard Charles

Shamard Charles, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Public Health

Expertise

Medicine, Public Health, Health Communication, Diversity in Medicine

Education

Harvard University, Brown University, New York University, Morehouse College

Highlights

I live by two mottos, by Herm Albright and Atul Gawande, respectively.

1. A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.

2. Better is possible. It does not take genius. It takes diligence. It takes moral clarity. And above all, it takes a willingness to try.

— Shamard Charles, MD, MPH

Experience

Shamard Charles, MD, MPH, is a public health doctor with over five years of experience in health promotion and health communications. He served as a senior health journalist for NBC News, leading the network’s health and medical coverage including groundbreaking reporting during Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Harvey.

He is also no stranger to the broadcast booth, having previously been featured on NPR for his reporting on the dearth of black men in medicine. More recently, he expanded his coverage internationally, writing and producing stories in Nigeria covering a variety of public health topics including vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases. His work can be found on the NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, NBC News Now, TODAY, NBCNews.com, and the Grio.

Education

Dr. Charles has a medical degree from the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University, a Master of Public Health degree from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and a Bachelor of Arts from New York University.

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