Dr. Philomena Asante
Dr. Philomena Asante is a pediatrician, public health leader, and school/college health expert passionate about creating a diverse healthcare leadership workforce. She leads Diva Docs Boston, an organization that creates networking, leadership and sponsorship opportunities for Black women physicians working in Greater Boston. She is also the founder of The Black Women Doctors Network ,a professional networking platform that creates career-building sponsorship opportunities for Black women physicians. Dr. Asante is the creator of the Diva Docs series of Coverage columns, recruiting, conducting interviews, reviewing, and producing monthly columns highlighting the important perspectives of Black women physicians on issues such as maternal health, mental health, dermatology, emergency medicine, anesthesiology, urology, neonatology, genetics, weight management, pediatrics, allergies and asthma, and infectious disease, including HIV.
Dr. Asante received her bachelor’s degree in French language and literature with high honors from Harvard College, her medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine, and her master’s in public health degree in international health from the Harvard School of Public Health.
She completed two post-doctoral fellowships in general academic pediatrics and health services research at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School and is currently pursuing a social impact (previously non-profit management) MBA degree part-time at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business.
Dr. Asante is a staff physician at Boston University Student Health Services and provides medical care to Boston University students.
She has worked as a pediatrician in a variety of primary care, urgent care, academic/research, and hospitalist settings. In recent years, her career path has focused on the intersection of health and education: From 2014-2018, Dr. Asante served as the director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Health at the Boston Public Health Commission, where she managed a program that operated seven school-based health centers in Boston public high schools in collaboration with Boston Medical Center. She is the former medical director at Northeastern University Health and Counseling Services.
Dr. Asante is the vice-chair of the Women Physicians Section Governing Council at the Massachusetts Medical Society and a member of the society's Committee on Diversity. She also serves as the deputy chair of the Alumni Engagement Committee at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health and is a member of the advisory board of the American Medical Women’s Association’s new leadership certificate program.
In her spare time, Dr. Asante enjoys spending time with her family, taking long walks along the ocean, breathing new life into old pieces of furniture, and growing colorful, fragrant flowers in her English cottage-style garden.