Meet the Founder of The Multicultural Health Institute (MHI)

Lisa Merritt, M.D., Founder and Executive Director

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Personal Statement:

I have always been a healer and someone who tried to bring the best out of people. I come from a diverse multicultural background which provided a unique perspective in the founding of the Multicultural Health Institute (MHI). 


My professional experience and international exposure have significantly impacted my current views and practices on healthcare and wellness. The pervasive health disparities existing in our country has instilled a desire to share this knowledge.



Lisa Merritt, MD obtained her medical degree from Howard University after completing undergraduate studies at Georgetown University with honors.  She underwent training in family and community medicine at the University of California at San Francisco, and completed residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. 


She is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the National Medical Association, American College for Advancement in Medicine, the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and the American Academy of Pain Management.


In 1995 she founded and remains Executive Director of a non-profit organization, the Multicultural Health Institute, to address racial and ethnic health inequities and to recruit and mentor future health leaders. She has been recognized by multiple organizations locally and nationally for outstanding commitment and service in the development of community programs, and health policy related to multicultural health issues. In addition, Dr. Merritt is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at New College of Florida and a former Director of Care Coordination for Chronic Conditions for MCR Health Services.


Herald Tribune
Sunday Profile: A Doctor, and a bridge
By KIM DOLEATTO, Correspondent
Published: Sunday, October 11, 2015
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