University of Maryland School of Medicine
Born in Prince George’s County in 1981, Kristin Reavis earned her medical degree at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and did her residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
After a year as a hospitalist at Chatham Hospital, in North Carolina, she went to work at the UM School of Medicine as an assistant professor. Since November 2019, she has been the school’s director of student diversity and inclusion.
“I am a family physician who cares for the whole person, including physical, emotional and mental health, working in an academic medical center in Baltimore,” Reavis said. “I care for the most vulnerable among us and pride myself on the privilege of being able to teach medical students and physicians-in-training to do the same.”
Her work at the UM School of Medicine, Reavis said, has allowed her to fulfill her dream of helping others become physicians.
During her career, she noted, she has worked with nearly 100 family medicine residents and countless more medical students.
“My hope is that I have influenced them, both by direct teaching as well as by role modeling, how to provide competent, compassionate, culturally appropriate care to the patients that they serve across this city, state and country,” Reavis said.
“I use my roles to help cultivate the next generation of physicians,” she added. “Being an African American woman in these roles, I hope that I can be a role model for young aspiring physicians and can show them that despite being in traditionally underrepresented groups in medicine, they can achieve whatever goals they put their minds to.”
Reavis was named one of the area’s “Top Docs” in family medicine by Baltimore magazine in 2019, and given the UM School of Medicine Deans Alumni Award for Diversity and Inclusion the same year.
E. Albert Reece, the University of Maryland’s executive vice president for medical affairs, hailed Reavis as “the voice for those less heard and … a true advocate for those seeking health care and those who deliver health care.”