Irene Dankwa-Mullan, MD
Irene Dankwa-Mullan MD MPH, is Chief Health Equity Officer & Deputy Chief Health Officer
Merative (formerly IBM Watson Health).
Dr. Irene Dankwa-Mullan is a nationally recognized industry physician and scientist, health equity thought leader, scholar, and author with over 20 years of diverse regional, national, and global leadership experience in primary care, healthcare systems, businesses, and the community. She is Chief Health Equity Officer and Deputy Chief Health Officer at Merative, formerly IBM Watson Health. IBM created Watson Health, bringing together technologies, data, and analytics, that would ultimately make up Merative.
Dr. Dankwa-Mullan was a member of the IBM Industry Academy, a selected community of pre-eminent leaders to drive innovation and engage in cutting-edge work for the industry. She was formerly Director of the Office of Research Innovation and Program Coordination, and Deputy Director for extramural scientific programs at the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, NIH. While at the NIH, she was an active member of many key strategic boards and committees, including many that were cross-sectoral and transdisciplinary. She helped launched the transformational research agenda at the NIH to advance the science of health disparities research in a deliberate and inclusive engagement process involving the NIH, community partners, and the broader scientific community.
Dr. Dankwa-Mullan is the lead scientific editor of the first authoritative resource textbook ‘The Science of Health Disparities Research’ designed to help researchers and the health community identify research questions, design, and conduct studies with culturally appropriate interventions, and advance the science while proposing solutions and promote health equity. She currently co-chairs the Patient-centered Primary Care Coalition project to translate primary care research and evidence into action for the community of primary care clinicians, researchers, payers, and policymakers. She also serves on the National Quality Forum’s Health Equity Advisory Group to help provide input on measurement issues impacting health disparities and critical access hospitals.
She has published widely on health disparities science, and the evaluation of AI and machine learning technologies, including the integration of health equity, ethical AI, and social justice principles into the AI-ML development lifecycle.
She serves in advisory roles on several non-profit organizations and enjoys gardening, mentoring, and traveling.