Alexa Mieses, MD, MPH
Alexa Mieses, MD, MPH, a family medicine resident in the Duke University Family Medicine Residency in Durham, North Carolina, serves on the board of directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians. The AAFP represents 129,000 physicians and medical students nationwide. Mieses was elected to a one-year term by the National Congress of Family Medicine Residents and was confirmed by the governing body of the AAFP, the Congress of Delegates.
As the resident member of the board of directors, Mieses represents the interests and opinions of the National Congress of Family Medicine Residents to the AAFP Board of Directors and Congress of Delegates. In addition, she advocates on behalf of family physicians and patients nationwide to inspire positive change in the U.S. health care system.
A member of the AAFP since 2013, Mieses currently serves on the AAFP Commission on Health of the Public and Science. As a medical student, she was co-president of the Icahn School of Medicine Family Medicine Interest Group for two years, served as the student representative to the New York State Academy of Family Physicians Public Health Commission, and was the student delegate to the New York State Academy of Family Physicians Congress of Delegates.
Mieses is the first in her family to pursue a career in medicine, and mentorship was integral to her success. To pay it forward, since high school Mieses has mentored young minority students, encouraging them to follow their dreams. This work served as inspiration for her first book, “The Heartbeat of Success,” a college success and medical school admissions guide.
A prolific researcher and writer, Mieses has published in peer-reviewed journals and made research presentations on several topics related to mental health and neuroscience. She is a strong advocate for family medicine and has spoken at several venues on family medicine and social justice, and social determinants of health. In addition, she has published multiple articles in English and Spanish lay press about everything from medical education and training to preventing falls in the elderly.
Mieses has received numerous awards, including the Icahn School of Medicine Award for Excellence in Family Medicine, the AAFP Family Medicine Leads Scholarship, the Association of American Medical Colleges/Nickens Medical Student Award and the AAFP Family Medicine Interest Group Program of Excellence Award. She also was a United Health Foundation Diverse Scholar.
Mieses earned her bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in psychology from City University of New York in 2011. She earned her medical and master of public health degrees from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York.