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Gillette Welcomes Research Fellow & Partnership to Support Rare Disease Patients of Color  

Rewaa Elgazzar joined Gillette Children’s in a groundbreaking Rare Disease Diversity Coalition (RDDC) Research Fellow role. Through Rewaa’s fellowship, Gillette joins the list of RDDC partners committed to addressing the extraordinary challenges faced by rare disease patients of color.   

Launched by Black Women’s Health Imperative, the Coalition brings together rare disease experts, health and diversity advocates, and industry leaders to identify and advocate for evidence-based solutions to alleviate the disproportionate burden of rare diseases on communities of color.   

“I am absolutely thrilled to join the Health Services Research team under Dr. Rhonda Cady’s guidance as a Rare Disease Diversity Coalition (RDDC) Research Fellow,” Rewaa says. 

Rewaa, an Egyptian-born New Yorker, will work with the Health Service Research team on improving patient- and family-centered care and health outcomes for individuals with complex medical conditions through research and continuous evaluation. She is in her third year at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, where she is majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology and minoring in Anthropology.   

After her studies are complete, Rewaa hopes to "intersect all my academic and personal interests into a career as a physician, serving underserved urban populations.”