Meet Our Founder
Natasha Ramsey, MD MPH
Hey Yall! I am Natasha Ramsey, a board certified pediatrician in training to become an adolescent medicine specialist. That means I care for young people ages 11-25 and help them with problems related to sexual health, mental health, and everything in between!
You are probably wondering, what is Gorjus Doc? The name Gorjus Doc has deep roots, all the way back to my converse sneaker, flat twists, and gel pens days in middle school. This was the era when everyone gave themselves nicknames like Dime Piece, Shorty, and Cutie all spelled incorrectly and in bubbly letters. And although I was a nerd, I well known because of my art and master bubble lettering skills. Whenever we had a free period at school, I would sketch all these creative names on the board with chalk. So I had to come up with my own name, one that was worthy of making it's way to the chalk board, and thus the name Gorjus (Gorgeous) was born.
Despite the cool nickname I gave myself, middle school and high school was still an awkward time for me. I definitely didn't feel Gorjus, trying to navigate all the weird changes that come along with puberty, navigating womanhood, and my blackness. I was lucky to have an amazing health teacher that made learning sexual health fun and inspired me to teach others. That set off a lifelong commitment to sexual health and I served as a teen writer and advocate for a sexual health organization called Sex, Etc.Org. I went on to study public health in undergrad, further solidifying my interest in serving the adolescent population in the area of sexual health. But that wasn't enough. I wanted to advocate for the needs of adolescents globally, so I went on to become a doctor so I could specialize in improving the health of adolescents.
During my training, I have created sexual curricula and programs both here and abroad reflecting back on my own experiences in adolescence and the importance of representation and reproductive justice. At the same time, I continued to advocate for diversity in medicine and improving diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts at medical institutions. I started blogging and creating artwork to document my experiences as a black woman in medicine and created the GorjusDoc website to house all of my ideas, skills, and passions.
It was not until the COVID-19 pandemic, that my vision for GorjusDoc materialized. In the wake of the pandemic and heightening of racial tensions in our country, I felt paralyzed, unable to reach teens at a time I felt they needed me most. The pandemic forced all my passions and skills: my passion for art, dedication to sexual health, and my commitment to diversity and anti-racism to coalesce. I started creating sexual health education content that celebrates black and brown youth and distributed information through social media and artwork that highlights diversity. And thus GorjusDoc LLC was born.
According to Webster, gorgeous means showily brilliant or magnificent. And like a diamond, Gorjus Doc LLC (and the person) has transformed into something beautiful with pressure and time. Gorjus Doc LLC will continue to grow and challenge the fields of sexual health education and medicine to be inclusive and meet the needs of adolescents everywhere.
Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine Fellowship
Children’s National Hospital, Washington DC
Pediatric Residency, Global Health Scholar
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY
Doctor of Medicine, Masters in Global Public Health
New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY
New York University School of Global Public Health, New York NY
B.S. in Public Health, Edward J. Bloustein School of Public Health
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey New Brunswick, NJ
New Brunswick’s Health Sciences and Technology High School
New Brunswick, NJ
Gorjus Doc Health Series
COVID and Beyond
Co-Principal Investigator for DC Hope Community Grant funded by the DC Mayor’s Office of Community Affairs for targeting adolescents during the pandemic. Multipronged youth-centered approach through a social media campaign, improved access to personal protective equipment and connection to COVID related services, and education for providers.
Latin American Youth Center
Medical consultant and liaison, social media assistant, and mentor for young parents program
AMPATH (Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare)
Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare- partnership with Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret, Kenya and the Rafiki Adolescent Health Center to develop a comprehensive sexual health educational curricula. Curricula used for an adolescent centered pregnancy program, the Chama’s Teen program, and peer navigator program. Also a member of the Adolescent Health Workgroup
Global Health Initiative
Multidisciplinary organization whose mission is to address the health needs of children and adolescents in our global community through high quality, collaborative research and mutual education.
Students Teaching About Real Subjects (STARS) Program
United Health Foundation/National Medical Fellowships which involved the creation, implementation, and evaluation of a sexual health education program at a local HS in Manhattan.
Testimony for Period Poverty
On Behalf of Children's National Hospital, Before the Council of the District of Columbia, Committee on Health on B23-0887 Expanding Student Access to Period Products Act of 2020: https://bit.ly/2ooL0l1 1:06
Sex Ed with Deb: Adolescent Health with Dr. Natasha Ramsey
COVID Mental Health Week (2020)
DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy: Isolation in the Time of COVID
Peds Admit: HEADSSS Assessment with Dr. Natasha Ramsey
HPV Vaccine: It is Not Just a Girl Thing
MelaninWhiteCoats: COVID19 and Adolescents
Anti-Racism in Medicine
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee
NASPAG Anti-Racism Mentorship and Outreach Committee (2020)
to develop a mentorship program for BIPOC members and trainees in NASPAG
Minority Senior Scholar Program
Mentorship program developed to enhance the diversity of academic pediatricians through exposing senior medical students from races and ethnicities underrepresented in medicine (URM) to academic pediatrics.
Health Care Equity Work Group
House Staff Member on task force chaired by COO Dr. David Reich developed to tackle issues of equity at the Icahn School of Medicine
Racism and Bias Coalition
Clinical Sphere Change Co-Leader for a group of individuals across the institution dedicated to improving and decreasing racism and bias across the organization. Panelist on navigating racism in the workplace for Art and Science Medicine Course
Pediatric Diversity Committee Member
Committee dedicated to bringing forth issues of bias in the pediatric clinical and educational settings in addition to striving to diversify the pediatric department
Student Diversity Initiative- Founder and Co-President (2014-2016)
A student driven task force dedicated to tackling issues of diversity, inclusion, and cultural competency for undergraduate medical education at NYU School of Medicine.
Tasks included collaboration with admissions, financial aid, student affairs and Office of Diversity, as well as organizing college visits and panels
Supporting, Encouraging, and Enriching Diversity (SEED) Program
Student National Medical Association
President for NYU chapter, a national organization committed to supporting current and future underrepresented minority medical students and addressing the needs of underserved communities through community service.