Roy Wade Jr., MD


Throughout his career, Dr. Roy Wade has worked to improve health outcomes for at risk populations, with a particular focus on the role of social determinants in the persistence of health disparities. Dr. Wade recently completed a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and now holds a junior faculty position at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) in the Department of General Pediatrics. Building on the landmark Adverse Childhood Experiences Study, his work as an RWJ Scholar explored the adverse experiences of young adults in economically distressed neighborhoods in Philadelphia.

Dr. Wade recognized the need to go beyond assessing the limited range of one time adverse experiences or intense sentinel events explored in the initial study, to examine the extent to which chronic exposure (poverty, racism, and peer victimization) may contribute to negative outcomes for children. Through his Stoneleigh Fellowship, Dr. Wade will further pursue his passion for addressing childhood adversity by developing an assessment tool that is more relevant to the urban youth experience, and partner with local service providers to incorporate the tool into their practices. Dr. Wade is positioned to become a translational leader. Fluent in the science of the fields relevant to child adversity, clinical medicine, health policy and advocacy he has proven himself capable of working with a diverse set of stakeholders to contribute to research and reform policy and practice to improve health outcomes.

Dr. Wade completed medical school at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth in 2007, and finished his pediatric residency at the University of Virginia in 2010.  After residency, Dr. Wade completed a minority health policy fellowship at Harvard Medical School, receiving an MPH in Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health.  Among his honors and awards, Dr. Wade received the Dean of the College Award for Service, the Merck Manual Award, and an Albert Schweitzer Fellowship while at Dartmouth. Most recently, he received the Janet Jeffries Award from the University of Virginia Health System. His research and active participation on the Philadelphia ACE Task Force has given Dr. Wade a firm grasp of the Philadelphia context and strong relationships to advance his work.

Meet the Fellow

Roy Wade began thinking about becoming a doctor when he was an adolescent growing up in Atlanta, Georgia. “As a child I was exposed to the rich African American history, culture and leadership in Atlanta,” he says. “It shaped my expectations for what it means to be African American and for what I could do with my life.”  Wade remembers going with his father, a Baptist minister, to visit the sick and shut in. “I was no more than about 13 or 14 years old and we would go to the hospital so my father could minister to people who couldn’t get to church. I noticed how many relatively young African Americans were experiencing heart attacks and leg amputations from diabetes. They seemed too young to be carrying such a heavy burden of disease. I didn’t have a name for it then, but I was beginning to see how poverty negatively impacts health and well-being. That’s when I began to think about the possibility of being a physician and using medicine to help the people who need it most.”