Consuelo Wilkins, MD, MSCI
Executive Director
Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance

Consuelo Wilkins is Executive Director of the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance, a strategic partnership between Meharry Medical College and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Her primary responsibilities include developing and supporting collaborative initiatives and programs in biomedical research, community engagement, and interprofessional learning. She holds appointments as Associate Professor of Medicine at both Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and Meharry Medical College. As co-director of the Meharry-Vanderbilt Community Engaged Research Core in the Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA), she convenes academic researchers and community members to improve community health and healthcare through community-engaged research. She is widely recognized for her work in stakeholder engagement and is Principal Investigator of a Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Research Award that focuses on improving patient engagement and understanding its impact on research.

Dr. Wilkins’ prior research focused on understanding the complex intersection between cognitive impairment, frailty, and depression. She previously served as Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She also had secondary appointments in psychiatry and surgery in the Division of Public Health Sciences. She served as founding Director of the Center for Community Health and Partnerships in the Institute for Public Health; co-Director of the Center for Community Engaged Research in the CTSA; and Director of “Our Community, Our Health,” a collaborative program with St. Louis University to disseminate culturally relevant health information and facilitate community-academic partnerships to address health disparities.

Dr. Wilkins holds various positions on numerous national committees and boards, including the Lead Team of the CTSA Consortium Collaboration/Engagement Domain Task Force; PCORI Advisory Panel on Clinical Trials Subcommittee on Recruitment, Accrual, and Retention; co-chair of the PCORnet Patient and Consumer Engagement Task Force; and the National Institute on Aging Task Force for Diversity in Scholar Development in Aging/Neurocognitive Disease and Research Recruitment.

Dr. Wilkins earned a BS in microbiology (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and an MD from Howard University as well as an MS in clinical investigation from Washington University School of Medicine. She completed her residency training in internal medicine at Duke University Medical Center and a geriatric medicine fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine/Barnes-Jewish Hospital.