Joel BervellSnohomish, WA Award Year: 2023
Joel Bervell is a Ghanaian-American medical student at Washington State University as well as a social media medical educator. Bervell is known online as the “Medical Mythbuster” because he discusses health disparities in an easily digestible way, busts medical myths, and fights health disparities in medicine through education about racial disparities, the hidden history of medicine, and biases in healthcare. His TikTok and Instagram (@joelbervell) platforms have over 760,000+ combined followers and 120+ million impressions. Bervell was named by TikTok as the top 2021 “Voice for Change” and featured as one of 10 “Changemakers” on their Discover List. His public speaking engagements include the Congressional Black Caucus, Clinton Foundation, Food and Drug Administration and Google. He is a member of the White House Office of Public Engagement’s Healthcare Leaders in Social Media Roundtable and former American Medical Association Medical Student Digital Fellow. He was selected by the National Minority Quality Forum as a 2022 40 Under 40 Leader in Minority Health and is the recipient of the National Medical Association’s Emerging Scholar Award, the highest academic honor presented to a student by the National Medical Association. Bervell earned a Bachelor’s in Molecular Cellular Developmental Biology from Yale University and a Masters in Medical Sciences from Boston University.