Vanessa Apea

Dr Vanessa Apea is a consultant physician in Genito-urinary and HIV medicine at Barts Health NHS Trust and an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Queen Mary University of London. She is also the deputy academic lead for equality, diversity and inclusion within its School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Vanessa has made reducing inequities in healthcare a central focus of her clinical work and research and has an established track record of exploring barriers to engagement in care in marginalised populations. She has a particular research interest in participatory approaches and the intersection of race, gender and health.

Vanessa is a member of the London Fast-Track Cities Initiative stigma subgroup working to get London to zero HIV stigma. She is also the medical director of NAZ, a charity advocating for high quality sexual health and HIV support services for racially minoritised communities. In addition, she is the medical director for Preventx, the largest provider of remote sexual health testing in the UK.

Vanessa is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and a Fulbright scholar.

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