WATCH: Jamaica American, Doctor Camille Angela Clare, featured in black history month spotlight

Camille Angela Clare, M.D., MPH, is the Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Professor at the College of Medicine and the School of Public Health at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University. She has held leadership positions addressing inequities and healthcare disparities in underserved communities for nearly two decades. Her expertise as an OB-GYN specialist adds greatly to a community that has struggled to improve healthcare quality and outcomes, especially for pregnant and child-bearing women. As we continue to lead the charge for improved access to key services for women and underserved populations in Brooklyn, Dr. Clare’s experience helps further our mission and bring care to those seeking quality maternal, obstetric, and gynecologic care. Dr. Clare is a graduate of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and completed her residency at The State University of New York at Buffalo. She was currently an attending physician in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at New York City Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan. Dr. Clare served as Director of Resident Research for her department at New York Medical College, and was Chair-Elect of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Section of the NMA, the largest and oldest organization of African American physicians in the United States. She is also the National Medical Association (NMA) Region 1 Trustee, and Secretary of the NMA Board of Trustees. In addition to her leadership on the local, regional, and national levels of NMA, Dr. Clare has been active in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), including her role of ACOG District 2 Chair. Leadership in these organizations illustrates Dr. Clare’s commitment as a medical educator, academic specialist in general obstetrics and gynecology, a clinician, clinical researcher, and community advocate for patients throughout New York City. An accomplished researcher, Dr. Clare has received grants as a principal investigator for several projects, including those addressing barriers to contraception in adolescents from the NYC-NYU Clinical, Translational Science Institute on female genital-cutting, and from the Society of Family Planning Research Fund. She is well-published in several peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Racial and Ethnic Disparities, American Journal of Perinatology, and Obstetrics and Gynecology, among others. Dr. Clare is a sought-after speaker for her expertise in diversity, equity, and inclusion, especially in obstetrics and gynecology. Dr. Clare has been recognized for her teaching as a medical educator and earned the Award for Teaching from the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics in 2012, and the Medical Student Teaching Award from New York Medical College in 2008, 2009, 2012, 2014, 2015, and 2017-2019, consecutively. She has received multiple awards from New York Medical College for mentoring medical students and residents in their career goals. In 2017, she received the ACOG Mentor of the Year Award, and the Mavis and Ephraim Hawthorne Golden Krust Foundation Award as a Champion of Education. In 2018, Dr. Clare was inducted into the Iota chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society as a faculty member at New York Medical College. Dr. Clare is the child of a first-generation immigrant family from Jamaica, West Indies, a native New Yorker, as well as an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.