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Garba, Nana Aisha, MD, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor

Office: AHC2 589B

Phone: 305-348-7922


Nana Aisha Garba, MD, PhD, MPH is an Assistant Professor the Division of Family and Community Medicine in the Department of Humanities, Health, and Society. She joined the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM) in September 2013. Dr. Garba is a foreign-trained physician with a Ph.D. in Public Health, a graduate certificate in Environmental Health Toxicology and a Master’s in Public Health, Licensed by the Florida Board of Medicine. Dr. Garba participates in the Green Family Foundation Neighborhood Health Education Learning Program (NeighborhoodHELP) as a supervising Faculty Physician, conducting household visits with medical, nursing, social work, and physician assistant students in underserved communities throughout Miami-Dade County. She also serves as co-course director for the Socio-Economic and Cultural Aspect of Health course and a Course Administrator for the Community Engaged Physician longitudinal course series. Prior to Dr. Garba’s current role, she held two other positions in the department: NeighborhoodHELP Program Evaluator, where she led the program’s evaluation process; and NeighborhoodHELP Assistant Community Director, where she oversaw the expansion and maintenance of the program’s community engagement infrastructure that serves as the bridge between HWCOM and the communities it serves. Earlier in Dr. Garba’s career, she successfully addressed the HIV/AIDS crisis and prevented maternal and child morbidity and mortality through clinical care and educational empowerment in vulnerable populations, both locally and internationally. She also has experience in basic breast cancer research and policy analysis.

Select Publications

Stumbar SE, Garba NA, Holder C. Let’s talk about sex: the social determinants of sexual and reproductive health for second-year medical students. MedEdPORTAL. 2018;14:10772.

Victor Okoh, Nana Garba, Rosalind Penney, Jayanta Das, Alok Deoraj, Kamaleshwar

Singh Subhashish Sarkar, Quentin Felty, Changwon Yoo, Robert Jackson, and Deodutta Roy (2014)

Redox signaling to nuclear regulatory proteins by reactive oxygen species contributes to estrogen induced growth of breast cancer cells, British J Cancer

Areas of Interest

Primary Care, Health Disparity, Global Health, Caring for Vulnerable Populations, Social Determinants of Health, Community Based Participatory Research, Program Evaluation, Health Policy and Medical Education