The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) is ushering in a new era of broadened engagement of African-American and Latino communities in clinical trials. Particularly given the unethical and illegal behaviors involved with the Tuskegee Experiment and the intentional absence or lack of critical information for the involved subjects by governmental officials, NBCI utilizes important lessons learned from this historic medical abuse and ALL others experienced within Black and Latino communities for generating robust communication, demonstration, and education strategies toward substantially improving clinical trial participation.
NBCI has launched its search for Black, Latino, and other minority researchers who are interested in becoming principals and co-investigators for clinical research studies. Given the type of insight gained about the involvement of underrepresented populations within clinical research, NBCI seeks to manage a database of individuals interested in becoming principal or co-principal investigators in related research projects. NBCI is interested in providing opportunities to currently emerging and/or more seasoned researchers or scholars from traditionally underrepresented groups to ensure diversity, equity, and inclusion are maintained within this field.
NBCI Chief Clinical Advisor
Joseph Webster, MD, MBA, FACP, a Gastroenterologist with Digestive and Liver Center of Florida
Get to know Gastroenterologist Dr. Joseph Webster, who serves patients in West Orlando, Florida.
Dr. Webster is a board certified and fellowship trained gastroenterologist at Digestive and Liver Center of Florida, operating out of the office in West Orlando.
Procedures he specializes in include colonoscopies for colon cancer detection and removal of polyps, non-surgical hemorrhoid banding, capsule endoscopy, and more.
Founded to deliver the very best medical care in an environment that supports and comforts patients, Digestive and Liver Center of Florida consists of six gastroenterology offices conveniently located in East Orlando, West Orlando, Downtown Orlando, Oviedo, Kissimmee, and Sanford. The state-of-the-art facility on Dean Road in East Orlando includes the Endo-Surgical Center of Florida where patients can have their colonoscopy, endoscopy or hemorrhoid procedures.
The Orlando gastroenterologists of Digestive and Liver Center of Florida are recognized authorities in the field of gastroenterology and colorectal care. The expert physicians offer a wide range of services and treat the entire range of liver and gastrointestinal conditions, as well as perform diagnostic procedures including colonoscopy, endoscopy, and more advanced tests.
Scholastically, Dr. Webster graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy from Florida A&M University, and a Medical Degree from the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. His residency, the last year of which he served as Chief Resident, and fellowship were taken at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He also earned a Master of Business Administration Degree in Healthcare Management from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Committed to excellence, Dr. Webster is board certified in both gastroenterology and internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). The ABIM is a physician-led, non-profit, independent evaluation organization driven by doctors who want to achieve higher standards for better care in a rapidly changing world.
As owner and CEO of the Webster Surgery Center, Dr. Webster directed a technology-driven clinical practice in a managed care environment. At the same time, he was CEO of the Comprehensive Clinic for Digestive Disorders, also in Tallahassee.
With a focus on serving diverse patient populations requiring ethnic and cultural sensitivity, Dr. Webster is a community and physician leader, having been elected President of the Florida State Medical Association and continuing as President of the Institute for African American Health.
Among his other professional affiliations include the American College of Physicians (Fellow), the National Medical Association, the Black Child Development Institute of Greater Orlando Florida, the National Black Church Initiative, Inc., the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the Chi Delta Mu Fraternity, Inc., the Florida Gastroenterologic Society, and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.
Gastroenterology is the branch of medicine focused on the digestive system and its disorders. A gastroenterologist is a physician who has extensive training in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders related to the esophagus, stomach, small intestines, colon, liver, pancreas, and biliary system.
Dr. Webster’s contributions to GI healthcare have garnered him professional and community accolades, invitations to deliver lectures and seminars, and active involvement in medical research.
His research pursuits encompass obesity and diabetes in children and adolescents, as well as the restructuring of traditional roles to address the shift from ‘fee for service’ to ‘value-based care,’ emphasizing preventative care, quality assurance, outcomes measurements, and the pivotal role of families in fostering healthy attitudes and lifestyles.
Learn More about Dr. Joseph Webster:
Through his findatopdoc profile, https://www.findatopdoc.com/doctor/1320596-Joseph-Webster-Gastroenterologist or through Digestive and Liver Center of Florida, https://www.dlcfl.com/joseph-webster–md–mba–facp/
Top 3 Reasons Clinical Trials Are Safe
In Dr. William Carson’s experience, he says, “It is as difficult today to get African-Americans to participate in clinical trials as it was 20 years ago.” Why is that? Many of us are fearful about clinical trials, recalling the Tuskegee Experiment and others. Or, we are uninformed about what really happens during participation in a clinical trial. In this “CEO Spotlight” segment, Dr. Carson, former CEO of Otsuka, shares his insights on why more Black Americans should participate in clinical trials. Watch the full interview with Dr. Carson here.
Various therapeutic areas of interest involving clinical research trials exist within the African-American and Latino communities. The eleven (11) pillars of the clinical research approach of NBCI are as follows:
- Cardiovascular Diseases
- Cancer: (Liver/Kidney/Lung ...etc)
- Blood Diseases
- Genetic Disease (Sickle Cell)
- Mental health
- Access to Care (i.e. Lifestyles, Self-Care)
- Collection of Health Data
- Alzheimer's Disease
- Rare Diseases