We are thrilled to present an exclusive and thought-provoking interview with none other than Dr. Aubrey J. Grant, a trailblazing clinical sports cardiologist, and co-founder of the groundbreaking venture, Equity Commons. With an unwavering commitment to addressing health disparities and promoting equitable healthcare, Dr. Grant’s journey has been nothing short of extraordinary.
In this illuminating feature, Dr. Aubrey J. Grant opens up about his unyielding passion for creating a world where every individual is treated with dignity and respect, irrespective of race, gender, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status.
Drawing from his extensive experience and vast knowledge in the field, he reveals how Equity Commons, through its pioneering virtual reality experience, is redefining the healthcare landscape and combatting implicit bias in the medical community. Throughout the interview, Dr. Grant provides deep insights into the challenges faced by marginalized communities in accessing quality healthcare and how technology can be harnessed to bridge these gaps.
From unveiling an implicit bias aversion course with a focus on transgender healthcare to fostering a cohesive and ego-free team, he sheds light on the innovative solutions that Equity Commons is pioneering to create a more compassionate and inclusive healthcare environment. Join us as we delve into the inspiring story of a visionary leader who is dedicated to making a lasting impact on society.
Through his unique insights and transformative initiatives, Dr. Aubrey J. Grant is paving the way towards a more equitable world, where empathy, understanding, and unity are the guiding principles for providing healthcare to all.
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Dr. Aubrey J. Grant: I am Dr. Aubrey J. Grant, a clinical sports cardiologist based at Harvard Massachusetts General Hospital. My passion for investigating health disparities has been a driving force throughout my medical career. During my time as a medical resident at Emory University, I had the opportunity to publish research highlighting disparities in heart transplants and the impact of food deserts on cardiovascular risk.
It was a crucial step in understanding the challenges we face in providing equitable healthcare. I also pursued a cardiology fellowship at Georgetown University, where I actively collaborated with the American Heart Association to raise awareness of inequities in medicine. This collaboration allowed me to contribute to meaningful efforts aimed at addressing these disparities and making a positive impact on patients’ lives.
Beyond my clinical responsibilities, I am deeply interested in addressing implicit bias within the medical community. I firmly believe that by leveraging technology and innovation, we can develop thoughtful and engaging strategies to mitigate bias and improve healthcare outcomes for all patients.
This is an essential aspect of my work that I am incredibly passionate about. My academic journey also holds a special place in my heart. I had the privilege of attending Davidson College, where I obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology while being part of the Division I soccer program. The experience taught me valuable life skills, including teamwork and determination, which have been invaluable throughout my career.
Before my focus on cardiology, I had the opportunity to work with the non-government organization Grassroot Soccer in Johannesburg, South Africa. There, I was able to provide HIV/AIDS awareness and education to local communities. It was a transformative experience that further fueled my dedication to making a positive impact on public health, both locally and globally.
My journey as a clinical sports cardiologist has been guided by a deep commitment to addressing health disparities, promoting equitable healthcare, and leveraging technology for the betterment of medicine.
In The Past Year, What Is The Greatest Business Achievement You’d Like To Celebrate With Your Team? Please Share The Details Of That Success.
Dr. Aubrey J. Grant: At the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Equity Commons — the company I co-founded that is focused on creating a more equitable healthcare system using virtual reality — had the incredible opportunity to unveil our cutting-edge virtual reality (VR) experience to a national audience, comprising over 150 cardiologists. This revolutionary VR experience provides a unique perspective from the standpoint of a transgender patient visiting a cardiologist’s office.
We introduced an implicit bias aversion course that specifically focused on transgender individuals in healthcare settings. Our objective was to address the challenges and disparities faced by the transgender community when seeking medical care. The course aimed to educate and sensitize healthcare professionals about the needs and experiences of transgender patients, with a particular emphasis on combating implicit bias.
The response we received from the audience at the conference was overwhelmingly positive and reaffirmed the importance of this initiative. Witnessing the engagement and enthusiasm of the 150 cardiologists who participated in the training was truly inspiring. It was evident that they recognized the significance of this course and its potential to create more compassionate care for transgender patients.
The impact of this achievement extends far beyond the conference. With 150 newly trained cardiologists equipped with a deeper understanding of transgender healthcare needs and implicit bias, we are effecting a positive change that will resonate throughout the medical community.
These professionals will now carry their experiences and knowledge back to their respective practices, influencing their colleagues and, most importantly, the quality of care provided to transgender individuals across the nation This success not only reflects the dedication and hard work of our team, but also highlights the importance of collaboration and innovation in addressing healthcare disparities.
As we continue to build on this achievement, we are committed to expanding the reach of this course and fostering a more inclusive and equitable healthcare environment for all patients, regardless of their gender identity.
What Advice Do You Wish You Had Received When You Started Your Business Journey And What Do You Intend On Improving In The Next Quarter?
Dr. Aubrey J. Grant: When I embarked on the journey of starting Equity Commons with my co-founders, I wish I had received advice on the importance of resilience and embracing the highs and lows that come with entrepreneurship.
It truly has been a transformative journey since we began in 2020, and I’ve come to realize that perseverance and a growth mindset are essential elements in navigating the challenges that arise. One of our key focuses is to initiate more dialogues that shed light on various forms of bias.
We want to create more spaces for open and honest conversations, where people can talk about their biases without feeling defensive or judged.
This equity in discussions will develop a deeper understanding of the issues at hand and contribute to a more empathetic and equitable society. As we navigate the path ahead, I am confident that the lessons learned and the dedication of our team will guide us toward achieving our goals and making a lasting difference in healthcare and other industries.
Here Is A Two-fold Question: What Is The Book That Influenced You The Most And How? Please Share Some Life Lessons You Learned. Now What Book Have You Gifted The Most And Why?
Dr. Aubrey J. Grant: The book that has had the most profound influence on both my approach to patient care and my life as a whole is “An Epidemic of Empathy in Healthcare” by Dr. Thomas H. Lee.
This book beautifully emphasizes the importance of humanism in healthcare, and it has become the ultimate goal for how I manage my patients and lead my life. Dr. Lee’s message resonated deeply with me by reminding me of the fundamental significance of leading with love and empathy in all aspects of caregiving.
This book has reinforced the importance of seeing each patient as an individual with their own emotions, fears, and hopes. By leading with empathy, I’ve witnessed the transformative impact it has on patient outcomes and the overall patient experience.
This approach has not only improved the quality of care I provide, but has also enriched my interactions with others in my personal life. As for the book I have gifted the most, it is “How the Word is Passed” by my dear friend, Clint Smith.
Beyond my personal connection with the author, the book’s masterful storytelling provides a powerful understanding of the legacy of slavery in the United States and its enduring impact on our nation.
Clint’s thoughtful and accurate detailing of history sheds light on the deep-rooted issues stemming from slavery that persist in our society. By sharing this book with others, I hope to contribute to greater awareness of the historical struggles faced by marginalized communities. The book challenges us to confront uncomfortable truths and inspires meaningful dialogue and action toward a more just future.
Business Is All About Overcoming Obstacles And Creating Opportunities For Growth. What Do You See As The Real Challenge Right Now?
Dr. Aubrey J. Grant: The real challenge for me right now is finding the right balance between my roles as a full-time cardiologist and my commitment to business development. Striking this balance has become an ongoing and dynamic challenge in my professional journey. As a dedicated cardiologist, my primary responsibility lies in providing exceptional patient care and staying up-to-date with the latest advancements in the field of cardiology.
This requires a significant amount of time and effort, as I strive to offer the best possible medical treatment to my patients. On the other hand, my passion for business development with Equity Commons fuels my desire to make a meaningful impact beyond my clinical practice. I am deeply committed to promoting health equity and addressing bias in healthcare through our virtual reality experience.
Despite the challenges, I know I am able to strike a balance between my clinical duties and business aspirations. I am continuously learning to optimize my time management skills, delegate responsibilities, and collaborate with a supportive team to make the most of every opportunity for growth.
In Your Experience, What Tends To Be The Most Underestimated Part Of Running A Company? Can You Share An Example?
Dr. Aubrey J. Grant: One of the most underestimated aspects of running a company is the significance of team dynamics and the need for a cohesive, ego-free team. At Equity Commons, we have learned that the chemistry within our team plays a pivotal role in our success.
Each of our team members has specific roles and expertise, and we know that by providing an environment where there is no hierarchy, everyone’s voice and opinion are equally respected, and everyone has a seat at the table.
When we are preparing for conferences, it requires a diverse range of skills and expertise from our team members, including medical knowledge, virtual reality technology, storytelling, and sensitivity to the experiences of various marginalized communities.
Throughout the process, there are moments of disagreement and differing opinions, but these are all opportunities for constructive dialogue and growth. By creating a space where everyone feels valued and respected, we are able to collectively develop a powerful and impactful VR experience that aligns with our mission.
I have learned that investing time and effort in a team culture of mutual respect and collaboration leads to innovative solutions, strengthened relationships, and ultimately, the success of our business ventures.
What Does “success” In 2023 Mean To You? It Could Be On A Personal Or Business Level, Please Share Your Vision.
Dr. Aubrey J. Grant: To me, success in 2023 goes beyond mere achievements in my personal and business endeavors. It encompasses a larger vision — a world without bias — a place where everyone, regardless of their background, identity, or circumstances, is seen, heard, and respected.
It means contributing to a world where everyone is treated with dignity and respect, irrespective of their race, gender, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status.
It is about cultivating a sense of unity and understanding that transcends boundaries and builds bridges of compassion.
While the path to achieving this vision may be challenging, I am determined to continue advocating for equity. Success, in this sense, would bring us one step closer to a world that embraces diversity and empowers every individual to reach their full potential.
Jed Morley, VIP Contributor to WellnessVoice and the host of this interview would like to thank Dr. Aubrey J. Grant for taking the time to do this interview and share his knowledge and experience with our readers.
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