Improving the Healthcare System for African American Patients

February 24, 2022
Armand Butera

Armand Butera is the assistant editor for HCPLive. He attended Fairleigh Dickinson University and graduated with a degree in communications with a concentration in journalism. Prior to graduating, Armand worked as the editor-in-chief of his college newspaper and a radio host for WFDU. He went on to work as a copywriter, freelancer, and human resources assistant before joining HCPLive. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, writing, traveling with his companion and spinning vinyl records. Email him at

Featuring insights from Dr. Raj Chovatiya, Dr. Karan Lal and more on what can be done to promote inclusivity and improved care for patients with skin of color.

At HCPLive, we’ve had the incredible privilege of speaking with doctors from a variety of different clinical fields as well as different cultural, racial, and ethnic backgrounds. Without their dedication, insights, and generosity, the health care system and the world at large would be at a loss.

Even publications such as our own benefit from their work in a myriad of ways. In this episode of DocTalk, we offer listeners a glimpse of some of the most memorable and insightful interviews regarding skin of color, health inequities, and how clinical fields such as dermatology and rheumatology can improve care for Black and Brown patients and physicians alike.

This episode’s featured segments include:

  • Raj Chovatiya, MD, PhD, on diversifying clinical trials and other studies
  • Karan Lal, DO, MS, FAAD, on scientific literature dedicated to skin of color
  • Megha Shankar, MD, on avoiding labeling certain skin types as normal/abnormal
  • Ehizogie Edigin, MD, on the prevalence of systemic lupus erythematosus flares in African Americans
  • Titilope Fasipe, MD, PhD, on acknowledging deficiencies in sickle-cell care for African American patients