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Versha Pleasant

Versha Pleasant

Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of OB/ Gyn, University of Michigan
Dr. Versha Pleasant was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Virginia and received a BA in French, followed by an MPH at Yale University. She completed an HIV/AIDS Program Management Fellowship for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Rwanda and was later recruited to the CDC in Cote d'Ivoire to continue her work in HIV/AIDS among vulnerable populations such as orphans and commercial sex workers. After deciding to pursue a medical degree, she returned to the USA and continued health-consulting work while applying to medical school. She was accepted to the Georgetown Experimental Medical Studies Program, and subsequently matriculated to Georgetown School of Medicine where she graduated in 2016. Dr. Pleasant completed residency training in Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Michigan in 2020, followed by a fellowship in Cancer Genetics & Breast Health at the University of Michigan. She currently serves a Clinical Assistant Professor and as the Director of the Cancer Genetics & Breast Health Clinic at Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital at the University of Michigan. She provides medical and surgical care for hundreds of BRCA patients and others affected by hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndromes. She also provides specialized gynecologic care for breast cancer survivors, and risk assessment for those with a strongly family history of breast and ovarian cancer. Dr. Pleasant is a post-doctoral fellow in the T32 NIH-funded Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Genomics (ELSI) Research Training Fellowship at the University of Michigan. She is deeply interested in health disparities, particularly in breast cancer outcomes and genetic testing barriers facing Black women.