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Monday’s Madame: Dr. Janna Andrews, M.D.

Location: New York City

Why she inspires us: Dr. Janna Andrews is the creator of Kicked It In Heels, a not-for-profit organization that provides support for women who have breast cancer. At an early age, Dr. Andrews knew she wanted to be a doctor. For her undergraduate degree, she attended Princeton University where she earned a BA in molecular biology. She then went on to attend Temple University School of Medicine, specializing in radiation oncology. During that time, Dr. Andrews was discouraged from pursuing training in a specialty field as she was told the black community needed more primary care physicians of color, but she didn’t let the naysayers stop her.

During her training at Emory, Dr. Andrews was exposed to extremely different patient populations while working at the county hospital, Grady Memorial, the VA, and Emory University Hospital, which opened her eyes to the prevalence of health care disparities in the field of oncology and also solidified her commitment to eliminating them — hence Kicked It In Heels was born. The not-for-profit which she founded in 2013 provides basic information on screening and survivors’ experiences as minority and young women transition after diagnosis and also encourages lifestyle adjustments and offers navigational services and workshops focused on fitness, beauty and wellness.

This year, Kicked It In Heels will hold it’s Second Annual Breast Cancer Fundraiser, Celebrating the Beauty of Survivorship on October 24 in New York.

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