Dr Vanessa Apea is a consultant physician in genito-urinary and HIV medicine at Barts Health NHS Trust. She is an Honorary Senior Lecturer and the deputy academic lead for equality, diversity and inclusion at Queen Mary University of London’s School of Medicine and Dentistry.
Vanessa is a member of the London Fast-Track Cities Initiative stigma subgroup. She is also Medical Director of NAZ, a charity advocating for high-quality sexual health and HIV support services for racial minority communities. Vanessa is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and a Fulbright scholar with a Masters in Public Health from Harvard University.
Vanessa is passionate about reducing inequalities in healthcare. She has made this a central focus of her clinical work and received an NHS 70 Windrush Award for her contribution to improving health equity. She has an established track record of exploring barriers to engagement in care in marginalised populations and has a particular research interest in participatory approaches and the intersection of race, gender and health.