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Joel Bervell

Host and Science Communicator

Joel Bervell is a Ghanaian-American medical student and science communicator. On social media, he is better known as the ‘Medical Mythbuster’ for creating viral medical content that is at the forefront of conversations about racial disparities in health care, the hidden history of medicine, and overlooked biases in the healthcare industry.

After graduating from Yale College and entering medical school at Washington State University, Bervell became a respected social media creator, with over 1M+ followers and 200M+ views. His videos breakdown complex topics about how healthcare still fails to serve marginalized groups.

Bervell has been featured on, Good Morning America, Business Insider, NPR, YahooNews, WebMD and has advised organizations like TikTok on efforts to increase Diversity & Inclusion. Beyond his social media channels, the “Medical Mythbuster” contributes his expertise to various organizations to help recognize how digital media can be used to bridge communication between underrepresented groups and brands. He serves on councils including the White House Office of Public Engagement’s Health Care Leaders in Social Media, the Council for Social Responsible Media, the World Health Organization’s ‘Operation Fides,’ the Ron Brown Scholar Program Advisory Board, and The Atlantic’s Health Equity Advisory Board.

Bervell’s work has earned him the honor of being named a Smithsonian Channel ‘Cyclebreaker,’ Scientific American ‘Revolutionary,’ 2023 Anthem Award Gold Winner, 2022 National Minority Quality Forum “40 under 40 Leader in Minority Health”, and the 2022 recipient of the American Medical Student Association's Racial Justice in Medicine Award. He is the recipient of the NMA Emerging Scholar Award, the highest academic honor presented to a student by the National Medical Association. Mashable called him “your next must follow creator.”

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Events featuring Joel Bervell
Events featuring Joel Bervell