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About Us

Shedding a light on minorities in the field of medicine.

Who We Are

Melanin Doc is a 501(c)(3) organization with the purpose of shedding light on minorities in the field of medicine. Our goal is to create more Melanin Docs.



Created in June 2016, Melanin Doc has slowly grown on social media platforms. Currently Melanin Doc has worked with students and practitioners in the US and Internationally. The mission is to continue to grow and work with other organizations to increase Melanin exposure to healthcare.

Meet Our Founders

Ted Obi

Ted is a second-year medical student at the Icahn School of Medicine with an interest in leveraging technology to improve healthcare in underserved communities. He has a passion for mentoring and is an avid Afrobeats fan.

Somto Randy Obi, MD
Somto grew up in Houston and went to college at Baylor University. It was during his time in medical school at University of Texas Medical Branch where he envisioned and created the Melanin Doc movement.  He is currently a Psychiatry Resident at Baylor College of Medicine and enjoys working out, creating businesses, and reading. Growing up his mom said he “was always up to no good and could never sit still”. He has been to 28 countries and counting and has an amazing twin sister.

Tochi Ajiwe, MD
Tochi Ajiwe was born and raised in Southwest Houston, TX. He is a Baylor University alumni, attended medical school at UT Southwestern in Dallas, TX, and is a current Emergency Medicine resident at Baylor College of Medicine. While he still has trouble spelling words like “Necessary,” he loves traveling, photography, finance, and real estate investing. The most important things to him are his faith in Christ and his family.

The Team

Chizube Jiwuaku
Chizube is a current Doctor of Physical Therapy student and a Houston native. She serves as the Social Media Manager for Melanin Doc and manages the social and public relations aspects of the organization. She is the face behind the Instagram page and also organizes and facilitates the Melanin Doc Takeovers on the Instagram page. She has a passion for health and fitness, making new experiences, and is an Afrobeat lover at heart.

Gabrielle Owusu-Ansah

Gabrielle Owusu-Ansah was born in Arlington, Texas. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin and is currently a second-year medical student at Tulane University School of Medicine. She is a deep conversationalist who enjoys singing, fitness, mission work, and is a budding iPhone photographer. As a kid, she enjoyed watching Drake and Josh. As an adult, she enjoys stealing extra Chik-Fil-A sauces to add to her collection at home.

Tola Akinnuoye

Tola Akinnuoye was born in DC and raised in a small town of Riverdale, Maryland. She attended UMES with a basketball scholarship which she later dropped to pursue her major in biology at Towson University. Currently attending Shenandoah University School of Pharmacy and is hoping to pursue a residency in ambulatory care. She loves to sing and write poetry with a glass of wine….make that four glasses of wine.