Michael G. Knight, MD, is a resident physician in internal medicine at the NewYork-Presbyterian – Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York, NY. He serves as the founder and president of the Renewing Health Foundation, and as the Post-Graduate Section chair and trustee for the National Medical Association.

Knight, originally from New York City, attended Oakwood University (Huntsville, AL), where he graduated with a B.S. in biomedical sciences. He matriculated at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH), where he obtained his doctor of medicine degree with special qualifications in biomedical research. He is currently completing a medical residency in internal medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian – Weill Cornell Medical Center with an interest in endocrinology.

Throughout his training and early career, he has been instrumental in developing programs and initiatives designed to impact the health needs of underserved communities throughout the United States and abroad. He served as the 48th national president of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA), the nation’s oldest and largest, independent, student-run organization focused on the needs and concerns of medical students of color. As president, Knight served as the lead programmatic coordinator and official spokesperson of this 6,000-member organization, with a focus on diversifying the face of medicine, achieving health equity, and increasing HIV/AIDS awareness in minority communities. In his current role as Post-Graduate Section chair and trustee for NMA, an organization representing the interests of more than 50,000 African American physicians and the patients they serve, he leads programming for residents, fellows, and physicians in the first five years of practice. He also serves as a young physician representative on the NMA Board of Trustees.

As president of the Renewing Health Foundation, Knight leads the team of this nonprofit organization to educate, equip, and empower urban communities to improve their wellbeing, and to eliminate ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in health. Currently focused in the New York metropolitan area, the foundation works to achieve its purpose through community health literacy and awareness programming, and partnerships with external organizations working to improve the health of urban communities.

Knight has served on various boards and committees of organizations such as the American Medical Association (AMA) Residents and Fellows Section and the New York Urban League Young Professionals. He has been an invited speaker on health care disparities at events across the country, including the National Minority Quality Forum and the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust. He has received numerous awards including the AMA Foundation Leadership Award, and was selected as one of the Top 30 under 30 Alumni of Case Western Reserve University. As an aspiring academician, administrator, and clinician, he hopes to encourage data-driven results, not only to treat chronic diseases, but also to improve quality and advance community-based participatory research to eliminate racial and ethnic healthcare disparities.

The NMA promotes the collective interests of physicians and patients of African descent. We carry out this mission by serving as the collective voice of physicians of African descent and a leading force for parity in medicine, elimination of health disparities and promotion of optimal health.

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