Young Doctors DC is the foundational chapter of the Young Doctors Project. Founded in in 2012, it put the Young Doctors Project on the map and blazed the pathway for the recently founded Roanoke and New York chapters.
Meet The Team
Dr. Malcolm H. Woodland
Malcolm H. Woodland, PhD is the co-founder and Director of Young Doctors DC, a health care and pipeline to health career program for boys and young men of color in Washington, DC. Dr. Woodland has worked as a psychologist and an administrator in juvenile justice for several years, conducting evaluations, providing psychological treatment, and expert testimony. His research examines out-of-school time programs for African American males, African American identity, and psychological test and measurement issues in forensic populations. Dr. Woodland was an American Educational Research Association fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. His work on youth development, forensic assessment, and African American males can be found in several peer-reviewed periodicals such as the Journal of Forensic Psychology and Psychiatry, Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice, and Urban Education. He attained his doctorate in clinical psychology from Howard University and completed his undergraduate studies at Tougaloo College in Mississippi.
Meron Wondwosen, Esq.
Born in Ethiopia, Meron Wondwosen was raised in different countries in Africa and Europe, prior to immigrating to the United States at the age of 12. As an attorney, she has practiced law in a range of areas including corporate finance and securities, banking regulations, voting rights and international human rights. She was also a co-coordinator of the Black August Hip-Hop Project, an international artists and activist collaborative that focuses on the link between human rights and hip-hop.
Ms. Wondwosen has authored and co-authored several reports submitted to the United Nations (UN) including “In the Shadow of the War on Terror: Persistent Police Brutality and Abuse of People of Color in the US” (2006) and “Legacy of Torture: Criminalization of Dissent” (2007). She has also authored two UN Periodic reports on the state of human rights in Ethiopia. Ms. Wondwosen has presented her work before several UN committees.
Ms. Wondwosen has dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and French from Iowa State University and a Juris Doctor (cum laude) from Howard University School of Law. She is admitted to practice law in New York.
Dr. Kwame Torian Easterling
Director of Medicine
Dr. Easterling is a community-based physician who is committed to addressing social injustices both locally and globally. Dr. Easterling holds a BS from Morehouse College, an MD from Rutgers- New Jersey Medical School, and a MPH from Icahn School of Medicine at Sinai in New York. He completed his residency in Family Medicine at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in Queens, NY and a General Preventive Medicine residency at Icahn School of Medicine at Sinai in New York. Dr. Easterling currently serves as an Assistant Commissioner in the Center of Health Equity at the NYC Department of Health.
His areas of interest are on health issues that disproportionately affect African American and Latino populations. He has traveled extensively throughout West Africa and Haiti. Dr. Easterling has participated in multiple disaster relief teams, which includes teams who responded to Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, in 2005 and more recently, during the earthquake which devastated Haiti in 2010. He currently works with multiple international organizations to assist with health care delivery restructure and medical education in various countries abroad. Dr. Easterling is Young Doctors' Director of Medicine.
Dr. Brent C. Stephens
Director of Training
Dr. Brent Stephens is an orthopedic shoulder and elbow surgeon practicing outside of Orlando. He completed both his medical school and orthopedic residence at Howard University. Prior to entering medical school, he was a standout college baseball player at both the University of Kentucky and Georgia Southern University.
Dr. Stephens is well published in his field, and has received numerous awards for his research on shoulder replacements. He is a member of the prestigious Society of American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons. He currently serves on the board of Renality, a nonprofit that connects and educates those who have been affected with kidney disease. Dr. Stephens was the also youngest member elected to the Howard University Medical Alumni executive board.
Dr. Stephens has participated in several international surgical mission trips, most recently traveling to Nigeria. His interests include increasing the minority matriculation rate to medical school. Dr. Stephens is the Deputy Director of Medicine for Young Doctors’.
Dr. Adrian Thompson
Adrian Thompson is a current Ph. D. Student in the Clinical Psychology program at Howard University. Primarily, Adrian’s clinical work is with African American youth and their families. In combination with his clinical pursuits, Adrian’s research interests include looking at Heart Rate Variability in African Americans as a predictor of health functioning. Current research indicates that health disparities in the African American community are affected by a myriad of factors, however the exact mechanisms have not been adequately defined.
A current Ronald E. McNair Doctoral Fellow, Adrian has strong passions for increasing African American presence in both the academy and the clinical field. To this aim, Adrian plans to assist YDP in reaching its goals by offering both his clinical and research services to continue to support young African American men.
Teddy Wondwosen, MSE
Director of Technology and Communications
Teddy Wondwosen is a Head of Engineering Programs at Google, Inc. Prior to his role there, he spent two decades working across various industries in the information technology space, consulting for companies across the east coast, subsequent to which he founded and ran multiple software based companies, including a successful software engineering firm, before joining Google. Teddy attained his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Masters in Software Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park.
He joined Young Doctors DC as the director of Outreach and Communications, with the responsibility of online presence, along with spearheading digital fundraising activities on the technical side. Additionally, he hosts tech workshops for the young docs throughout the year to help bridge their understanding of the emerging nexus between technology and medicine, including topics such as Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Computing.
Dr. Raymond Young
A native of Southeast Washington DC, Dr. Raymond K. Young is a board certified cardiologist. Dr. Young has obtained many accolades and academic awards in teaching, professionalism, and patient care during his matriculation through Howard University College of Medicine, Johns Hopkins Hospital and Georgetown University Hospital while simultaneously volunteering his time to community outreach projects. Currently practicing in Baltimore, Maryland he seeks to improve the cardiovascular health of patient's from all socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.
As a mentor/teacher within the Young Doctors DC program for the last 3 years Dr. Young is committed to "paying it forward" and inspiring our youth to become leaders and agents of change.