Drs. Vivian Bea, Onyinye Balogun, and Evelyn Taiwo share a hope for the future: for every patient to have equal access to the highest-quality care. The three physicians are passionate about their work at NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, where they have built a multidisciplinary program to provide personalized, high-quality care to all patients with breast cancer. Together, they’re working to expand access to the latest clinical trials; they’re proud that 40% of their program’s clinical trial participants are Black women, compared to single digits nationwide. (Fewer than 5% of the patients in trials for 24 of the 31 cancer drugs approved since 2015 were Black, according to a 2018 ProPublica analysis of data from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.)
“I’m excited to be a part of something that I think is quite distinct from what you would see in the rest of the country,” says Dr. Balogun, radiation oncologist at NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital.
Drs. Bea, Balogun, and Taiwo sat down with Health Matters to discuss their work to reduce health disparities in Brooklyn and improve outcomes for every patient.