Eva McGhee, a scholar and humanitarian who earned her doctorate in cellular immunogenetics in 1995 from the University of Kansas, is a stellar medical researcher who has dedicated her life to eliminating the health disparities of black and Hispanic women.


McGhee serves as assistant professor of medicine at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles.

“I have always been interested in science and medicine,” she said. “I chose academic medicine because I know I am making a difference in the world by using my training and research expertise to make new discoveries.”

Among her most important accomplishments was the discovery of the candidate region on chromosome 7q for Coffin-Siris syndrome, a rare genetic disorder.

McGhee’s research has been widely published. She contributed to a report for President Barack Obama on human papillomavirus vaccinations. In her role as a professor, she has mentored hundreds of students in the fields of medicine, nursing, pharmacy and science.

“Mentoring is one of my passions and strong points,” she said. “I am committed to training the next generation of students to become scientists and medical doctors. Knowing that one day they will go on and make major contributions to society is very fulfilling.”

McGhee said her community service allows her “to give back to the community in ways that will continue to changes lives that will add to the elimination of health disparities.”

After her KU graduation, McGhee trained and worked at several universities, including the University of California-San Francisco, Stanford University and Harvard Medical School.