Ayanna V. Buckner, MD, MPH, FACPM

Ex-Officio Member, Science Board Chair

Ayanna Buckner

Appointed: November 2017
Term Ending: November 2018
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Ayanna Buckner, MD, MPH, FACPM, has committed her career to addressing the needs of underserved communities. Trained in preventive medicine/public health and internal medicine, Dr. Buckner’s professional time is divided between outpatient clinical duties and serving as the principal of Community Health Cooperative, a consulting firm that assists organizations with program design, implementation, evaluation, and other activities associated with community-based health programming. Dr. Buckner also serves as the chair of the Gulf Region Health Outreach Program Coordinating Committee, which coordinates a 5-year, $105 million initiative developed as part of the Deepwater Horizon Medical Settlement and designed to strengthen primary and behavioral healthcare services in oil spill-impacted communities in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle.

Dr. Buckner previously served on the fulltime faculty at Morehouse School of Medicine, where she was Associate Director of the Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency Program, leader of the Department of Community Health & Preventive Medicine’s Undergraduate Medical Education Unit, and director of Morehouse’s yearlong Community Health Course for first year medical students. She also served as director of the Regional Coordinating Center for Hurricane Response at Morehouse School of Medicine, through which she managed multi-state projects to assist with rebuilding the health systems in the Gulf Region after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. She maintains adjunct faculty appointments at Morehouse School of Medicine, the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, and Tulane University School of Medicine.

Dr. Buckner received a Bachelor of Science degree from Xavier University of Louisiana and a Doctor of Medicine degree from Meharry Medical College. She completed a combined residency program in Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine at Griffin Hospital, during which time she received a Master’s Degree in public health, with an emphasis in Health Management, from Yale University. Dr. Buckner is a fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine and was a Marshall Memorial Fellow. She is a member of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2016 and received the Atlanta Business Chronicle's 40 Under 40 Award in 2014. She previously served on the board of GreenLaw and the Andrew & Walter Young Family YMCA. She currently serves on the American Journal of Preventive Medicine's Board of Governors and the Vascular Health Advisory Committee of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.