Nicole Redmond, MD, PhD, MPH is a board-certified internal medicine physician who completed her MD/PhD in the Medical Scientist Training Program at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston, South Carolina. Her initial interests were in neurobiology and she conducted research on GABAA receptor expression in a mouse model for alcohol withdrawal. However, as she completed medical school she became more interested in health disparities and population medicine. She completed her internal medicine (primary care track) residency at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She received her Masters in Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health as a part of her training in the Harvard Fellowships in General Internal Medicine and Primary Care at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. From 2011-2016, she was an Assistant Professor in the Division of Preventive Medicine within the University of Alabama School of Medicine (UASOM) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in Birmingham, Alabama. Currently, Dr. Redmond is a Medical Officer in the Clinical Applications and Prevention Branch (CAPB), Program in Prevention and Population Sciences (PPPS), Division of Cardiovascular Sciences (DCVS) within the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), one of the 27 Institutes and Centers (ICs) that comprise the National Institutes of Health.
One of Dr. Redmond’s research interests is racial/ethnic and geographic disparities in psychosocial, behavioral, and clinical cardiovascular disease risk factors. Her research has been published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Hypertension, and Journal of the American Heart Association. She received a minority investigator supplement to study the association of psychological and socioeconomic measures with cardiovascular disease outcomes in the REasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) study. She also was an early career investigator with the Jackson Heart Study Hypertension Working Group (JHS-HWG) while faculty at UAB.
Dr. Redmond also has an interest in the impact of the criminal justice system on health disparities. She served as the chairperson for the Healthcare and Rehabilitation working group of the Northern District of Alabama Reentry Council a federal and state, multi-agency council organized by the District Attorney of the Northern District of Alabama to effectively reduce criminal recidivism and improve re-entry outcomes. She was also the liaison for the Alabama site of the Transitions Clinic Network, an initiative that was funded by the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Innovation to link persons with chronic medical problems to primary care upon release from prison and prospectively evaluate their health, healthcare utilization, and cost of care.
Nicole’s ongoing research interests are:
- Disparities in CVD prevention and treatment with special attention to hypertension.
- Learning about clinical trials, including pragmatic trials
- Leaning more about implementation science, particularly with regard to the dissemination of evidenced-based care to mitigate CVD disparities
- Career development of clinicians and scientists, particularly around best practices for coaching and mentoring for minorities and women
- Medical education related to prevention, research and public health
- Home/community based interventions such as patient self-monitoring and community health workers
- Underserved populations, particularly racial/ethnic minorities, low income, and rural populations with emerging interests in those with psychiatric co-morbidities
- Transitions to/from adult primary care (e.g. to/from hospitals or prison, from pediatric to adult care)
While at UAB, she practiced primary care internal medicine at the Cooper Green Mercy Health Services, Alabama’s only county-owned, safety-net medical center. She served as the collaborative practice physician for the UAB School of Nursing’s Foundry Clinic, a fee-only clinic in Bessemer, Alabama that serves low-income and uninsured patients from 2013-2014. She served as the Medical Director for M-Power Ministries Health Center, the county’s only free clinic providing primary care and acute care health services to the low-income and uninsured.
Dr. Redmond actively participates in national and local networks of other clinicians and investigators involved in research and clinical care for vulnerable/high-risk populations and addressing health disparities. She has been involved in the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) Minorities in Medicine Interest Group and Disparities Task Force since residency and is a founding member of the SGIM Criminal Justice and Health Interest Group. She was a member of the Young Professionals Board of the UAB Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center (MHRC) along with other community leaders from business, law, education, and social services. She was a member of the local affiliate of the National Medical Association (NMA), the Mineral District Medical Society and served as its Treasurer in 2015. She was also a board member of the Jefferson County Department of Health and the Jefferson County Medical Society from 2013 until her departure from Birmingham in 2016. She is a board member of Physicians for Criminal Justice Reform, a recently formed non-profit organization focused on awareness and advocacy on the bidirectional relationship between health and the criminal justice system. She is also a member of the American College of Physicians and the American Heart Association. Dr. Redmond’s involvement in these and other organizations facilitates her capability to disseminate research findings and innovations in practice among leaders and stakeholders in minority health both locally and nationally.