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Dr. Nicole Plenty.

Dr. Nicole Lee Plenty is a double board-certified OB/GYN and Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist, blogger, public speaker, and patient advocate. Nicole attended Xavier University of Louisiana where she held the title of Miss Xavier University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology with honors. She then obtained a dual Medical Doctorate (MD) degree and Master of Public Health (MPH) with a concentration in Health Systems Management from Tulane University. Dr. Plenty completed her OB/GYN residency training as well as Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellowship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center where she also earned a Master of Science degree concomitantly.
After experiencing a difficult pregnancy herself, to increase her advocacy efforts, she launched Pregnancy Pearls with Dr. Plenty, a vlog and podcast she created to help patients advocate for themselves by providing pre-/post-conception advice and education regarding complications of pregnancy. She has received local, state, and national honors for her involvement in health policy, mentorship, and her work in health advocacy. Among those, she has received Top 40 under 40 recognitions from the National Minority Quality Forum, the National Medical Association, the Indianapolis Business Journal, as well as her alma mater, Xavier University of LA. Dr. Plenty is the proud wife of Rev. Dr. James Anthony Plenty. Together, they have a son named Harrison, and their fur baby, Sophie.

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our past speakers.

Dr. Saquiba Syed.

Saquiba Syed is a dedicated and diligent internist serving the community of Jersey City, NJ. Dr. Syed earned her medical degree from the King Edward Medical University in Pakistan. She then moved to the United States, where she completed her residency in internal medicine at Seton Hall University. Dr. Syed practices as a part of Alpine Medical Group. She is a member of the American College of Physicians, medical director of Ambulatory Medicine RWJBH-JCMC, Hudson County Medical-Legal Review Board in the state of NJ, and Hudson County Mental Health Board. She received an honor legion from the J.C.Police Department. She is president elect of APPNA of Northern N.J.


Dr. Andrew Chung.

Dr. Andrew Chung is a dual-fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon. He earned his D.O. Degree at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He then completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona. This was followed by a combined neurosurgical and orthopedic spine fellowship at the University of Southern California. He then went on to pursue an advanced fellowship in outpatient and minimally invasive spine surgical techniques with a focus on minimally invasive spinal deformity correction at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and DOCs Hospital in Beverly Hills. Dr. Chung has co-authored over 60 peer-reviewed articles in major spine and orthopedic journals and has written several book chapters on spine surgical care. His research has been presented both nationally and internationally. He additionally serves as a reviewer for several major spine journals.

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Dr. Punam Rana.

Dr. Punam Rana trained in medical oncology at the University of Toronto followed by a research fellowship at the Juravinski Cancer Centre. She has completed a Masters of Science in Health Research Methodology at McMaster University. Her research interests include improving the patient experience, with a focus on the adolescents and young adults population. She worked to create informational resources for young adults diagnosed with cancer and is a Medical Advisor for the Pink Pearl, a non-profit charity for young women diagnosed with cancer. Dr Rana has been the co-principal investigator on studies looking at the supportive care needs of young women diagnosed with breast cancer at the Juravinski Cancer Centre in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.