Renaisa S. Anthony, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor

Department of Health Promotion and Social and Behavioral Health
University of Nebraska Medical Center
College of Public Health

Professional Summary

  • 2010-current  Assistant Professor, Department of Health Promotion and Social and Behavioral Health
  • 2010- current  Deputy Director, UNMC Center for Reducing Health Disparities
  • 2012  Scholar, M. Alfred  Haynes Institute for Social Equity, Meharry/Vanderbilt
  • 2011  Fellow, Health Equity Leadership Institute, University of WI-Madison
  • 2008-2010  Assistant Research Professor, George Washington University, Washington, DC
  • 2007-2008  Fellow, National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development (NIH)
  • 2007-2008  Fellow, US Office of the Surgeon General
  • 2006-2007  House Officer Vanderbilt Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology


  • MPH    Harvard School of Public Health
  • MD    University of Chicago Medical School with Honors
  • BS    University of Minnesota Cum Laude

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Health Disparities
  • Introduction to Women’s Health: A Lifecourse Perspective
  • Integrated Clinical Experience MSIV: (1) reproductive health & ethics (2) cultural competency
  • Cultural competency and health disparities for nursing residents
  • Multiple guest lectures and grand rounds (Public Health, Medicine, Family Medicine, Ob/Gyn)
  • Introduction to Preventative Medicine & Doctor Patient Relationship

Research Interests

  • Women’s health across the life-course
  • Maternal and reproductive health (pregnancy outcomes)
  • Community based participatory research/ community engagement and outreach
  • Health disparities & equity
  • Cultural competence and health policy.

Selected Publications

  • Anthony, R “Physician’s Testimony” personal account of health care experiences selected and published online by Doctors for Obama and Doctors for America. 2008
  • Anthony, R. “The Healthy Woman; A Complete Guide for All Ages” drafted and edited sections of the book for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health (OWH). 2008
  • Anthony, R, “2008 NIH Biennial Report on Women’s Health” drafted section of report for the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Report collated by all institutes and submitted on behalf of the Office of Research on Women’s Health to Congress. 2008
  • Anthony, R, Martinez, D, Garner, EI.O: “Predictors of HPV, Pap Smear and Cervical Cancer Knowledge in young Women” Journal of Gynecologic Oncology 2006; 101:S137
  • Anthony, Renaisa, Martinez, Diane, Garner, Elizabeth I.O “Utilization of a Multimedia Educational Intervention: A Pilot Study for Increasing HPV, Pap Smear and Cervical Cancer Knowledge” Journal of Gynecologic Oncology 2006: 101: S132

Major Awards & Accomplishments:

  • 2012 - TEDex Talk in 2012 on Achieving Health Equity in the 21st Century.
  • 2011 -National Medical Association (NMA) Top Doctor Under 40 Award
  • 2010 - American Public Health Association (APHA) Outstanding Leadership and Advocacy Award
  • 2008 - U.S. Surgeon General Award for Outstanding Service on the Prevention of Preterm Birth Conference

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, American Public Health Association
  • Member, American Medical Association
  • Member, National Medical Association
  • Member, Doctors for America
  • Member, Harvard Alumni Association
  • Board Member, Physicians for Reproductive Choice
  • Board Member, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland
  • Board Member, Urban League of Nebraska
  • Board Member, Omaha Women’s Fund (Circles)
  • Board Member, Piney Woods School
  • Board Member, Girl’s Inc
  • Board Member, March of Dimes

Contact Renaisa S. Anthony

984340 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-4340
Phone: (402) 559-9660
Fax: (402) 559-6493