News

Washingtonian of the Year 2015: Dr. Gloria Wilder

Photograph by Jeff Elkins.

Growing up poor, Gloria Wilder dreaded doctor visits—clinics were overcrowded and impersonal. So she became a pediatrician. She was director of community pediatrics at Georgetown and chair of mobile health programs at Children’s. But when “Dr. Gloria” decided to open two medical practices in Anacostia, a bank offered to double its funding if she relocated to a different part of town. She refused. In 2005, she founded the first of her Core Heath and Wellness Centers. Many patients suffer from avoidable, treatable conditions; others need a doctor who listens. Recently, a mother brought in her daughter, who’d been in a facility after attempting suicide. Wilder realized the parent also needed care. After talking to the mom about her trauma and fears, Wilder connected her with a psychiatric team, who helped the woman gain strength. Wilder’s goal is that all Washingtonians have wellness choices: “We’re in the best city on earth to demonstrate justice in access to health care.”

This article appears in our January 2016 issue of Washingtonian.

Get Washingtonian’s Daily DC Updates (Not Just Another Political News Roundup)

Questions or comments? You can reach us on Twitter, via e-mail, or by contacting the author directly: