Black History Month Spotlight: Dr. Adenike Atanda

February 18, 2022 • Uncategorized

Adenike Atanda, PharmD, BCACP, CDCES, CTTS

Assistant Professor, Pharmacotherapy

Pharmacy Residency Program Director, PGY2 Ambulatory Care



Hometown: Oyo state, Nigeria


What does Black History Month mean to you? I am particularly excited about the theme this year, “Black Health and Wellness”, as we get to celebrate pioneers and advancements in the field of health and wellness. Representation matters so much, and black history month provides an opportunity for us to celebrate diversity, excellence and innovation while honoring the history of African Americans in the United States.


How are you inspired by your heritage in your work, studies or endeavors?  Being of African heritage, I am inspired by the resilience, pride and ingenuity of black people in the continent and diaspora.


What is your proudest moment in your career? It is difficult to select just one moment because I truly appreciate the opportunity that I have to impact patients and students every day.


Who inspires you in Black Health and Wellness and why? Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh, a Nigerian physician, was instrumental in curbing the spread of the Ebola virus in Nigeria by keeping the index patient under quarantine, despite external pressure. She is credited for preventing the epidemic from spreading in the country and unfortunately died from the virus in 2014. Her bravery, determination and dedication to public health is inspiring and will be memorable for many years to come.