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Anika Richards, DO, PhD

Dr. Anika Richards was born and raised in the Bronx, NY. Her educational history has brought her on an exciting journey around the world. Dr. Richards graduated magna cum laude from Howard University where she majored in biology. She then obtained her Master of Public Health degree from George Washington University in the field of Health Promotion. While attending the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Richards served on medical missions and completed medical rotations in India, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, and Honduras. As a medical student, Dr. Richards also served as the chapter president of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians and the community service liaison for the Student National Medical Association, allowing her many opportunities to lead various community service activities across the country. Also as a medical student, Dr. Richards’ dedication and passion toward serving underserved communities led her to complete a Doctorate of Philosophy degree from the Virginia Tech School of Education. Her dissertation was entitled, “Health Equity, Education, Awareness and Advocacy through the Virginia Department of Health.” Dr. Richards is appreciative of the opportunity to continue her passion for health equity and serve the Harlem and Bronx communities through the Harlem Residency in Family Medicine and Mount Sinai Hospital. Dr. Richards is also very thankful for the opportunity to return to her hometown of the Bronx to be with her loving family.