Dr. Nakiya Naomi Showell ’99, M.D., MPH visited the Academy in January to speak about her career in medical research, and the transitions she took in her academic journey to medical school. Dr. Showell is currently an assistant professor of pediatrics in the Division of General Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. In this role she serves as a clinician and pediatric researcher, focusing on child obesity prevention.

Acklynn B. ’16, who attended the Lunch n’ Learn and who had a class with Dr. Showell said, “the Lunch n’ Learn was a great experience! I felt that I was able to relate to Dr. Showell through my interest in the medical field and in attending an all-girls college.” Dr. Showell spoke directly to her research in child obesity and fielded interesting questions from students. The focus of her research targets demographic communities where the education facilities themselves lack a gymnasium, playground, and proper nutritional meals. Within these demographics, Dr. Showell explained during her doctor-patient interaction, the importance of educating parents about lifestyle changes and setting proper examples for their children.

Dr. Showell was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After graduating from Harrisburg Academy in 1999, Dr. Showell matriculated to Bryn Mawr College where she majored in chemistry. Dr. Showell graduated from Bryn Mawr College with Cum Laude academic honors. Following her dream to pursue medicine, she then enrolled at Rutgers University, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. There she continued to excel academically, ultimately being inducted into the distinctive Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) National Medical Honor Society, a program that recognizes medical students of exceptional academic standing, leadership qualities, and professionalism. After completing of her medical education, Dr. Showell joined the residency program at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). After completing her residency training in 2010, Dr. Showell obtained a master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH) in 2011. She will complete her second master’s degree in clinical investigation from JHSPH in 2015.