Morehouse School of Medicine Cancer Health Equity Institute
Cancer Health Equity Institute

Health Equity Cancer Care Center

Cancer Health Equity Institute 

Established in 2015, the Morehouse School of Medicine Cancer Health Equity Institute (CHEI) is made up of special people dedicated to giving their energy, talents and unique skills to provide the best care for our patients and to discover new ways to prevent and combat these deadly diseases.

In the state of Georgia,

  • Cancer health disparities (or differences in measurable cancer health outcomes) exist by age, gender, race/ethnicity, income, education, access to care, and other factors;
  • African Americans are more likely to suffer from cancer health inequities and get sicker, develop complications, and die from cancer, than compared to other groups;
  • African-American and Hispanic women have higher rates of cervical cancer, when compared to other racial/ethnic groups;
  • Studies have shown that rural communities in Georgia disproportionately experience poor cancer health outcomes when compared to their urban counterparts. 

About CHEIBlueBubbles

Vision: MSM Cancer Health Equity Institute’s vision is to end health disparities in cancer, lead efforts in comprehensive research to prevent and cure cancer in African American communities and throughout Georgia, and contribute to solving the problems of cancer worldwide, while providing the highest level of safe,  innovative, compassionate care for patients with cancer.

Mission: MSM Cancer Health Equity Institute is dedicated to conducting laboratory, clinical, and population-based cancer research to better understand and reduce cancer health disparities and training future cancer researchers.

Goal:  Establish NCI-designated Cancer Center at MSM and be nationally recognized as the “go-to” center for cancer health disparities science.

Strategies: Promote cancer screening and healthy lifestyles, improve minority participation in clinical oncology trials, and increase the number of highly competent cancer researchers and clinicians. 


Meet the Cancer Health Equity Institute Team       

Brian Rivers

Brian Rivers, PhD, MPH
Director, CHEI  


 James Lillard, PhD, MBA
 Associate Director, CHEI



 Jennifer Creighton
Research Administrator


Dexter Cooper, MPH
Senior Researcher


Monica Harris, MPH
Research Assistant

Coming soon

Jeanette McFall, MPH
Study Coordinator

Coming soon

Alexandra Creed
Community Navigator


Lawrence McKinney
Research Assistant



Bria Carmichael
Student Assistant



Population Science


Beverly Taylor, MD


 Tabia Akintobi, PhD, MPH


Desiree Rivers, PhD, MSPH


Stephanie Miles-Richardson, PhD, DVM


Lee Caplan, MD


Discovery Science


Felix Aikhionbare, PhD, MS


Ruban Gonzalez, PhD


Hadiyah-Nicole Green, PhD, MS


Veena Rao, PhD


E. Shyam Reddy, PhD


Rajesh Singh, PhD



Shailesh Singh, PhD



Clinical Science


Clarence Clark, MD


Eric Flenaugh, MD


Sanjay Jain, MD, PhD


Roland Matthews, MD


Myra Rose, MD 


 Xuebiao Yao, PhD





Morehouse School of Medicine Cancer Health Equity Center



For more information, contact:
Jennifer Creighton
Research Administrator