Kofi Essel


Meet Kofi Essel, MD, MPH

Kofi Essel, MD, MPH, is a board-certified community pediatrician and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Children’s National and The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (GWUSMHS). Dr. Essel also serves as the Director of the GWUSMHS Community/Urban Health Scholarly Concentration for medical students and is a contributor on the Clinical Public Health Leadership Team. He has over 10 years of experience in nutrition and obesity education. His advocacy work and research revolves around health care training, health disparities and community engagement, with a special interest and national recognition in the areas of addressing obesity and food insecurity in families.

Dr. Essel grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas and had dreams of becoming a doctor and going to the NBA (at the same time). He is happily married, has a daughter and loves cooking and spending time with his family.

“The early formative years of one’s life are very malleable and critical for a healthy and stable future. I am honored to work with the forgotten influencers of the next generation, and most of all the work I do is fun and exciting.”