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About Dr. Alisha 


Alisha Liggett, MD known as Dr. Alisha, is the founder and executive director of Empower Her Health, LLC.  She is a board certified family medicine doctor, with a clinical practice based in New York City. She graduated with a bachelors degree from Columbia University, then earned her medical doctorate degree from University of Maryland, Baltimore.


After completing the Family and Social Medicine Residency program at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, NY, she completed a fellowship in HIV primary care at Montefiore Medical Center.  Since completing her training, she has honed her passion for women's health and has worked in clinics caring for medically disenfranchised clients all over New York City.  She has authored several published articles, trained dozens of health care practitioners, and taught of health education seminars in her community.   ​


Through her own personal experience as a patient dealing with health care bias and complications of preeclampsia during her first pregnancy, she brings a unique insight to her work as a Black birthing person, and as a doctor.  She blends her medical knowledge, and her personal experience to provide culturally centered health education focused on wellness, and raises awareness around social justice issues for Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC).


She is bilingual in Spanish, and a mom to two children.  She loves being a doctor, an advocate for her community, connecting with people, and bearing witness to the triumphs in their lives.

Past and Present Partners

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A. Liggett,D. Futterman, G. Umanski, P. Selwyn. Missing the Mark:  Ongoing missed Opportunities for HIV Diagnosis At an Urban Medical Center despite universal screening recommendations.  Family Practice. First published online August 9, 2016. 

A. Liggett,  N. Medina, B. Samayoa, D. Mercado, M. Castillo, E. Argueta, M. Anderson, E. Arathoon. Is Expanded HIV Testing Associated With Earlier HIV Diagnosis? Results From an HIV Clinic in Guatemala City.  Journal of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care. 15(3): May/June 2016.

A. Liggett, M.Sharma, Y. Nakamura, D. Dailey, K. Seoane, R. Villar, P. Selwyn. Results of a Voter Registration Project at Two Family Medicine Residency Clinics in the Bronx, New York.  Annals of Family Medicine. 12:466-469. 2014.

Shredding the Veil of Silence: Black Maternal Health and the Significance of Speaking Up.  Health in Her Hue.  May 2021.  

The Day I was reduced to a Black birthing Body.' A doctor reflects on pregnancy. KUOW NPR online.  October 2020. 


A Primer on Fighting for Reproductive Justice with Dr. Alisha Liggett.  The Spot by LOLA.  Aug 2020.  


Children’s Health Comes First When Fixing School Lunches. Albany Times Union.  Jul 2017.  

Transitioning HIV Infected Adolescents to Adult Care.  MD Magazine.  Publication in Infectious Disease News Magazine. 2016.

HIV Prevention:  Saving Lives, Saving Dollars.  HIV Specialist Magazine. 7(3): 22-25. 2015.