Dr. Cleavon Gilman is an emergency medicine physician, PRIME-US alumnus, person who stutters, hip-hop artist and public health advocate in Arizona. As a first-generation doctor his path to medicine was circuitous. He served 5 years in the US Navy as a Hospital Corpsman. After the Iraq War in 2004, he enrolled at Southwestern Community College in San Diego and graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in American Studies. In 2016, he graduated from UCSF medical school then completed his emergency medicine residency at New York-Presbyterian in New York City and also served as chief resident. During residency, he began using hip-hop music to highlight social issues and teach medicine. He presented a song on burnout called “Rise Up Now” at the National Academy of Medicine, and was awarded Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association (EMRA) 45 under 45 and Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) Innovative Educator of the year in 2020.
At the beginning of the pandemic in New York City, he took to social media to raise awareness and fight misinformation by memorializing those killed by COVID and sharing his experiences on the frontlines. He continued his advocacy in the rural community of Yuma, Arizona, which at one point had the highest cases per capita in the U.S. amid the politicization of public health measures.
In December 2020, Dr. Gilman received a personal call from President Joe Biden thanking him for his service during the Iraq War and pandemic. Dr. Gilman continues to advocate for marginalized communities.
🧵This thread is dedicated to the precious children admitted to ICUs after contracting COVID or multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children #MISC. Luckily, #TheySurvivedCovid. By telling their stories, we can learn from their experiences. pic.twitter.com/AhO0DuEiDe— Cleavon MD (@Cleavon_MD) July 1, 2021
This the second 🧵dedicated to precious children hospitalized with COVID and #MISC, but luckily #TheySurvivedCovid. Three other threads memorialize pediatric #SoulsLostToCovid. By telling their stories, we can learn from their experiences. pic.twitter.com/D48RxVxYXR— Cleavon MD (@Cleavon_MD) July 8, 2021
🧵Pregnant women are at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID. This second thread is dedicated to pregnant women worldwide who lost their lives during the pandemic. By telling their stories we'll ensure that their memories live on #SoulsLostToCovid pic.twitter.com/cw80o5nj81— Cleavon MD (@Cleavon_MD) June 22, 2021
🧵Pregnant women are at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID. This is the second thread dedicated to pregnant women worldwide who lost their lives during the pandemic. By telling their stories we'll ensure that their memories live on #SoulsLostToCovid pic.twitter.com/YX79hMNiwc— Cleavon MD (@Cleavon_MD) July 11, 2021
🧵As coronavirus continues to kill thousands per day, it's important to humanize their deaths. This thread is dedicated to the 18-19 year old children that lost their lives to COVID. By telling their stories we'll ensure that their memories live on #SoulsLostToCovid. pic.twitter.com/0x9wzVxu8l— Cleavon MD 💉 (@Cleavon_MD) July 19, 2021
🧵 As coronavirus continues to kill thousands per day, it's important to humanize their deaths. This thread is dedicated to the countless young people worldwide lost to COVID. By telling their stories we'll ensure that their memories live on #SoulsLostToCovid💔 pic.twitter.com/wywEMDMfaj— Cleavon MD (@Cleavon_MD) June 10, 2021
Sgt. Tom Sawyer died from COVID on June 17, 2021. For 24 years, he served his country in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait & the Gulf War, and for the past 22 years, he was an active member of the Hammond Police Department in Indiana. #SoulsLostToCovid https://t.co/D9eJCdfP8G pic.twitter.com/XqE00d4IbH— Cleavon MD (@Cleavon_MD) June 18, 2021
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