Dr. Dankwa-Mullan is the Deputy Chief Health Officer for IBM Watson Health, and the lead scientific officer for Data and Evidence. IBM Watson Health created a cloud-based data hub that brings together individual, clinical, research and social data from a variety of resources and that is powered by advanced cognitive and analytic technology. In her role, Dr. Dankwa-Mullan is responsible for the global strategy for driving and building a portfolio of studies to prove the clinical evidence for Watson Health cognitive solutions. This is accomplished through clinical studies, promoting research efforts in evidence, and enabling global democratization of data and evidence-based practices to transform healthcare. The efforts at Watson Health highlights an opportunity for advances in delivery of healthcare because of the way in which big data, cognitive computing and technology are working to transform societies and communities.
Dr. Dankwa-Mullan is a physician, researcher and public health leader with nearly two decades of experience in clinical research, public health, disparities and population health. She spent nearly a decade delivering and managing front-line primary care, preventive services, and community-based clinical research as both a primary care physician administrator and Medical Director. Prior to Watson Health, she served as Medical Officer and Deputy Director for Scientific Programs within the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). While at the NIH, she was an active member on several key strategic boards and committees, including many that were cross-sectoral and transdisciplinary. She has lectured in clinical research, and mentored several early research investigators, supported numerous significant scientific contributions, and published in peer-reviewed journals and books on clinical research. Her areas of professional expertise include: clinical research, health services research, community-based research, chronic disease prevention and treatment, population health, implementation science, social determinants of health, primary care, and public health.
Dr. Dankwa-Mullan attended Barnard College, earned a medical degree from Dartmouth College, and completed her Internal Medicine residency training at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. She also obtained a Master’s degree in Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the Yale School of Public Health.
She lives in with her husband and daughter in Bethesda, Maryland.