Student leader puts lessons into practice

Diogo Anyigbo 10C 15M 15PH embodies leadership, vision, determination, and commitment. Originally from Nigeria, she earned a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and behavioral biology from Emory College in 2010. She is now pursuing a joint MD/MPH degree from Emory University School of Medicine and Rollins School of Public Health. A scholarship recipient, she has been able to study at Emory because of generous donor support.

“A valuable lesson I have learned in my time here is the importance of breaking out of the Emory bubble and connecting with the surrounding community,” Anyigbo said. “This has enriched my perspective and informed my learning, but most important as a future physician and public health professional, it has helped me learn about and connect with the people I hope to care for.”

WHS Image of Diogo Anyigbo and Dr. Sheryl L. Heron
Diogo Anyigbo 10C 15M 15PH with Emory Medicine professor and Wise Heart Society member Dr. Sheryl L. Heron

She is putting this lesson into practice. The ripple effect of Anyigbo’s commitment to creating a better, healthier, happier, and more inspired community is touching many lives. She is president of the Emory Pipeline Program, a health sciences mentoring program for Atlanta public high school students.

“I have learned so much about the value of mentorship and resilience,” she said, “and I work to inspire youth to believe in their capability to be great and do great things.”

Anyigbo attributes her path and purpose to Emory. She believes that Emory inspires its students to leave a lasting mark. She takes this inspiration to heart as she plans her future. First she wants to build an obesity prevention education program for underserved families in the Atlanta area as she finishes her two degrees. Then she hopes to combine a career in pediatric medicine with political advocacy in the areas of education, nutrition, and health disparities.