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    Jordan Albuck, wearing a yellow ribbon designating him a kidney recipient, gets a checkup from Dr. Crystal Gadegbeku.  Photo credit: Michelle Durham





Marla Davis-Bellamy, JD, MGA – Co-Director, CBUHP


Marla Davis Bellamy, JD, MGAMarla Davis Bellamy, JD, MGA, Co-Director of CBUHP, holds a joint appointment at Temple University Beasley School of Law and Temple University School of Medicine. Prior to joining Temple in July 2010, she was the Executive Director of the Anti-Violence Partnership of Philadelphia and spent five years as Chief of Staff at the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Other top level posts she has held include Executive Vice President of Special Projects at Universal Companies, Director of Community Affairs at the University of Pennsylvania Health System, and Executive Director of the Healthcare Management Alternatives (HMA) Foundation, Inc. She was also a former law clerk to the late Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. in Los Angeles, CA. Ms. Bellamy holds a BA in Communications from Johnson C. Smith University, a Master’s in Government Affairs from the University of Pennsylvania, and a JD from Temple University Beasley School of Law. Ms. Bellamy is also Director of the Philadelphia CeaseFire program, part of a national and evidence-based violence intervention program proven to decrease instances of gun violence in urban areas. CeaseFire Philadelphia is funded by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.




Crystal A. Gadegbeku, MD, FACP – Co-Director, CBUHP


Crystal Gadegbeku, MDCrystal Gadegbeku, MD, Co-Director of CBUHP, is Chief of the Section of Nephrology and Kidney Transplantation at Temple University Hospital and Associate Professor of Medicine at Temple University School of Medicine. She has built a career in clinical investigation, examining mechanisms of hypertension in chronic kidney disease, participating in and leading many studies funded by National Institutes of Health, directing and serving in leadership roles both regionally and nationally. One of her recent publications pertains to her work with African Americans with hypertensive neuropathy—the largest trial of its kind to date. Dr Gadegbeku is interested in developing strategies to enhance recruitment of minority populations in clinical trials.




Kathleen Reeves, MD – Co-Director, CBUHP


Kathleen Reeves, MDKathleen Reeves, MD, Co-Director of CBUHP, is Associate Dean of Student Affairs and a member of the pediatric faculty at Temple University School of Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency at the University of Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital, attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, and received a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in philosophy and religious studies from Juniata College in Pennsylvania. She was the first program director of the Pediatric Residency Program at Crozer Chester Hospital in Upland, PA. Committed to community health issues, Dr. Reeves believes that in order to be effective, health professionals need to embrace a broad definition of health that includes the impact of social, economic, cultural and environmental issues. Her teaching has been recognized with awards from the University of Cincinnati, Crozer Keystone Health System, Temple University, and Hahnemann/MCP School of Medicine.



Nora Jones, MD - Director, Bioethics Education, CBUHP


Nora Jones, PhD - Dr. Nora Jones is an anthropologist who has been working in bioethics for the last 15 years. She is an Assistant Professor of Bioethics and Director of Bioethics Education at CBUHP, where she directs the MA in Urban Bioethics program. She earned her PhD in anthropology from Temple University in 2002, and has been working in bioethics for the last 15 years. Past teaching and research focused on cultural competency in medicine, the relationship between the arts and medicine, global health and bioethics, and patient decision-making. Dr. Jones’ current work centers on urban bioethics, culture and embodiment theory, and the public understanding of science and medicine. Her most recent publications address embodiment in transplant recipients and donors, clinical and patient representations of the body in pain, and qualitative methodology in bioethics research.