Joel is a medical student, host of The Dose podcast with The Commonwealth Fund, and a social media medical educator currently studying at Washington State University, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine and a graduate of Yale University (’17) where he studied Molecular Cellular Developmental Biology.
Known online as the “Medical Mythbuster,” Joel is committed to fighting health disparities in medicine through education and regularly shares topics about racial disparities/ biases in healthcare and other industries on his TikTok and Instagram (@joelbervell) where his platforms have over 850,000+ combined followers and 150 million + impressions.Joel has spoken on national media outlets including Good Morning America, National Public Radio, Yahoo News, Business Insider, and Mashable and has published work in prestigious academic journals such as the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery and the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. He has been invited to speak on panels at SXSW, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Google, Congressional Black Caucus, Barclays Bank, Clinton Foundation, Open Society Foundations, and more.
Joel is a participant in the White House Office of Public Engagement’s Healthcare Leaders in Social Media Roundtable, has worked with the Surgeon General’s Office, collaborated with the World Health Organization’s Digital Communications Team to combat the spread of health misinformation on social media and sits on The Atlantic’s Health Equity Council.
Joel was named by TikTok as the top 2021 “Voice for Change,” featured by TikTok as one of 10 “Changemakers” on their inaugural Discover List, named as one of ten recipients of the 50K MACRO x TikTok Black Creatives Grant, is a part of Meta’s 2022 We The Culture Class, and was a nominee for the AdColor Awards. The Smithsonian Channel/ Harpo Productions chose him as a 2022 “Cyclebreaker” and he has been recognized as a Scientific American ‘Revolutionary,’ 2023 Anthem Award Gold Winner, and 2022 National Minority Quality Forum “40 under 40 Leader in Minority Health. He is the recipient of the National Medical Association’s Emerging Scholar Award, the highest academic honor presented to a student by the National Medical Association.