National Medical Association Professional Development Series

Rachel Villanueva, M.D.

Rachel Villanueva, M.D. FACOG is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics/Gynecology at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine. She earned a BS in Biology at Yale University and MD, cum laude, from the Yale School of Medicine. She is board certified in Obstetrics/Gynecology and practices in New York City.

Dr. Villanueva is a woman’s health expert and advocate for reproductive justice, health equity, disease prevention and workforce diversity. Dr. Villanueva is the 122nd President of the National Medical Association, the nation’s oldest and largest professional organization representing African-American Physicians and their patients, previously serving as the Chair of the Board and Speaker of their House of Delegates. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of Alumni in Yale Medicine, an ACOG fellow serving on the Health Equity Subcommittee of the District 2 Safe Motherhood Initiative and on the health policy advisory council for a managed care corporation. Dr. Villanueva is a member of the Medical Advisory Group of the Black Health Trust, a group of physicians and health care professionals, committed to educating and serving communities of color. She is a medical advisor to Expect, a streaming video app that provides safe at-home prenatal fitness classes. She is an avid snowboarder, Bikram Yogi and tennis player. Dr. Villanueva is a native New Yorker and first generation American of Haitian descent.