Priscilla Igho-Pemu

MD, MS, FACP, Director, Clinical Research Center
Morehouse School of Medicine

Dr. Pemu is an internist whose goal is to improve the health of all patients similar to those that she encounters in her primary care practice. The complex interplay of patient, physician, practice setting, environmental and psychosocial factors in perpetuating disparities in health outcomes led to her interest and work with the Community Physicians Network (CPN).

As the Medical Director of the CPN, she is responsible for planning and executing research and quality improvement initiatives. CPN established several disease specific registries for hypertension, diabetes, heart failure and metabolic syndrome of 6500 individual patients, which were all used to support research and quality improvement initiatives.

She also leads the Morehouse participant and clinical interactions unit (PCI) of the Georgia Clinical And translational Science award (GA-CTSA).  In the role, she is directly involved in ensuring quality and efficiency of clinical research studies through training of staff, review and prioritization of resources for clinical projects, and review of Data and Safety Monitoring reports as the chair of the institutional Scientific advisory Committee.

She is part of a team at Morehouse School of Medicine that developed a system and method for chronic illness care that empowers patients to change behaviors relevant to their health through improved knowledge, support for goal setting and accountability in sustaining behavior change.

Dr. Pemu completed a residency with the TED organization in May 2019. As a participant in this highly selective incubator for breakthrough ideas, she introduced the concept of Culturally Congruent Coaching.  Her TED Talk, featured as Editor’s choice on, shared the results of 12 years of research observations about what predicts successful health behavior change. The talk brings attention to the impact of behavior on health and wellbeing among people living with chronic illnesses and the Doctors who care for them. She also discussed Culturally Congruent Coaching; a high-tech, high-touch approach to support behavior change that has produced great results among diverse patient groups.


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