LaQuandra Nesbitt LaQuandra Nesbitt
Executive Director of the GW SMHS Center for Population Health Sciences and Health Equity
Senior Associate Dean for Population Health and Health Equity
Bicentennial Endowed Professor of Medicine and Health Sciences
Professor of Medicine

Office Phone: 202-994-2323
Email: Email
Department: Medicine


  • B.S., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1999
  • M.D., Wayne State University School of Medicine, 2003
  • MPH, Harvard School of Public Health, 2007


LaQuandra S. Nesbitt, MD, MPH is a board-certified family physician with more than a decade of experience leading population health initiatives in governmental public health agencies. Most recently, she served as the director of DC Health and led the District’s COVID-19 pandemic response. In this role, she mobilized organizations and community to implement innovative solutions to promote health and wellness and achieve health equity. She also served as the interim director of the District’s Department of Behavioral Health. As a highly sought-after expert in population health and wellness, she has held leadership roles within major federal and local health care organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control, among others.

She earned a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Michigan, her Doctor of Medicine from Wayne State University School of Medicine, and a Master of Public Health in Health Care Management and Policy from the Harvard School of Public Health. She completed an internship in family medicine at the University Hospitals of Cleveland/Case Western Reserve University and served as chief resident in the family medicine residency at the University of Maryland and completed the Commonwealth Fund Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy.

Industry Relationships and Collaborations

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