About Ade Osinubi
Dr. Adeiyewunmi (Ade) Osinubi is a photographer, filmmaker, and an Emergency Medicine Resident physician. She graduated from Brown University with an undergraduate degree in Public Health in 2018 and continued on at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University as part of the Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME) where she graduated in May 2022. From a young age, Ade has been enthralled with storytelling and has pursued photography, filmmaking, and writing endeavors. Her work focuses on sharing the stories of minoritized communities that often go untold. At the age of 16, Ade co-founded a non-profit organization called the Iris Fistula Project which raised $23, 000 to support the psychosocial rehabilitation of women who have suffered from obstetric fistula, a birth injury caused by prolonged and obstructed labor. As part of this, she traveled to Mekelle, Ethiopia to co-produce a documentary about the condition.
Starting from her first year of medical school, she independently produced an award-winning documentary film entitled “Black Motherhood through the Lens.” Black Motherhood through the Lens showcases four Black women’s experiences in navigating childbirth, infertility, and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders amidst racial health inequities. So far, the documentary has been accepted to 7 film festivals, notably the American Public Health Association Film Festival and has been screened in over 26 venues. It received the 2021 Best Short Collective Award at the Rhode Island Black Film Festival and an Award of Merit at the Impact Doc Awards. Due to her leadership in the reproductive equity space, Ade has been invited to speak at organizations, universities, and colleges across the nation. She has had over 25 speaking engagements, for example, at the Black Mamas Matter Alliance National Black Maternal Health Week, the National Birth Equity Collaborative National Infertility Week, University of California, Davis, Tennessee State University, and the Rhode Island Department of Health among others. Her work has also been widely recognized, notably in Forbes Magazine, PBS, on ABC News Affiliate WCVB Boston “City Line”, Afro-Pics Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, and "A Story in the Public Square." She has been interviewed on podcasts such as the Visible Voices and the Fempower Health Podcasts.
Apart from film, Ade has used writing as a medium to raise awareness about health inequities. She has published articles regarding infertility and postpartum mood disorder disparities that were featured on the front pages of the Washington Post Health and Science Section and Glamour Magazine. She is also first author of a manuscript regarding race-based puberty guidelines that has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Pediatrics.
As a medical student, Ade was very involved in the Student National Medical Association (SNMA), serving on the local, regional, and national executive boards. As the President of her school’s SNMA chapter, Ade led the chapter to win the National SNMA Chapter of the Year award and the Region VII Chapter of the Year award. For two years, Ade served on the National SNMA Board of Directors as the External Affairs Co-Chairperson where she ran the national social media accounts and helped develop a marketing plan for the organization. Ade was recently inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha and the Gold Humanism medical honor societies and the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health. In April 2022, she was awarded with the National Minority Quality Forum 40 under 40 Leaders in Health award. She was the youngest recipient among this year’s 40 under 40 class and was one of three medical students selected alongside physicians, researchers, and other health leaders. In addition, she has received the American Medical Association (AMA) Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarship, the Brown University Medical Humanities Award, and the Alfred H. Joslin Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Life, was named a 2018 Forbes Under 30 Scholar among others. Ade is continuing her medical career at the University of Pennsylvania Emergency Medicine Residency Program and looks forward to continuing to use her passion for photography and film to elevate the voices of communities of color.