Leadership Profile

Patricia (Pat) Matthews-Juarez, PhD
Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine
Vice President, Faculty Affairs & Development, Office of the President
Meharry Medical College
Regional Resource Leadership Council, SelfMade Health Network
Chair, Intercultural Cancer Council


Dr. Pat Matthews-Juarez is Vice President of Faculty Affairs and Development at Meharry Medical College where she oversees and supports faculty appointment, promotion and tenure as well as faculty development. She also serves as Professor of Family and Community Medicine at Meharry Medical College.

In her role as professor, she advocates for equal access to primary care physicians and health services regardless of patients geographic location or financial situation. Special attention and training within programs at Meharry Medical College are dedicated to providing medical care and health equity for underserved and vulnerable populations.

Dr. Matthews-Juarez firmly believes prevention and better health equity for individuals can lift an entire community and vast populations can enjoy better quality of life. She also believes there is still progress to be made in the health system following diagnosis of patients. Screening gets a lot of attention, but following care throughout the continuum can increase survival rates. Combating the psychosocial and religious stigma can help reduce the health barriers certain populations experience.

Dr. Matthews-Juarez serves on several boards, committees and councils focused on minority health disparities and intercultural cancer care initiatives nationwide including Virginia, Texas, Georgia, South Carolina and Washington DC. She has also moderated and served as the guest speaker for a multitude of nationally-acclaimed organizations.


This initiative is designed to establish and maintain regional hubs for the engagement, training, dissemination and linkage of social service, human service and community based organizations to implement evidenced based strategies to reduce cancer and tobacco related disparities specifically among populations with low socioeconomic status (SES) characteristics residing across the Tennessee region. The goals of this initiative are to:

  • Reduce the onset of late-stage cancer among women considered a high or moderate risk by:
    • Increasing knowledge and resources among community-based organizations, social services and human service agencies, other provider networks.
    • Establishing and sustaining effective community-based organization (CBOs) to social services linkages to Breast Cancer Survivorship Systems.
  • Increase survivorship among low resourced women in Tennessee with an emphasis on African American women through round table discussions, summit, focus groups, breast cancer survival networks (involving patient navigation networks and case management services).

Supported in part by the Self Made Health Network and the Office of Minority Health and Disparities Elimination