Deonza N. Thymes, MD is a is a board certified Emergency Medicine physician and native of Los Angeles, California. As a ER physician, Dr. Thymes has chosen to work with underserved communities. She regularly cares for patients who struggle with poverty, homelessness, chronic disease and lack of access to health care. Due to her desire to use policy and advocacy to increase her impact on patients and the healthcare system, she applied for and was accepted into Harvard University and the Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Minority Health Policy. In June 2015, Dr. Thymes completed her fellowship as well as received a Masters of Public Health at the Harvard T. Chan School of Public Health.
Dr. Thymes is not only a physician but also an entrepreneur, speaker and health advocate. She has given presentations and served as a speaker for the American Diabetes Association, NAACP Image Awards health panel, and the inaugural Artemis Medical Society conference. In addition, she has conducted multiple media interviews on health and workplace diversity issues. Most recently, she was selected as a panelist for the Anna Julia Cooper Center Advancing Justice for Women and Girls of Color Conference in Winston Salem on April 29, 2016.
In 2012, she opened the first ActiveRx Active Aging Center in California. ActiveRx helps seniors take control of the aging process, stay healthy and live independent lives. In 2013 she was selected to be Co- Chair of Californians Against Utilities Stopping Solar Energy (CAUSE). As Co-Chair she helped lead a statewide initiative to educate elected officials and thought leaders on the importance of clean air and clean energy sources as a method to improve community health.
Dr. Thymes is a relentless advocate for women, girls and communities of color. It is her mission to engage these communities in the fields of medicine, public policy and technology. Dr. Thymes is Co-founder and Vice President of Programs for Artemis Medical Society. Artemis Medical Society is a network of over 4500 women physicians of color from around the globe. The goal of the organization is to support women physicians of color and to play an integral role in increasing diversity in the medical workforce. In 2013, Dr. Thymes led a team of over 350 Artemis physicians in collaboration with the Walt Disney Company to execute a national tour for their #1 show Doc McStuffins. Dr. Thymes has also lead the recent Artemis Medical Society partnership with the Association of American Medical Colleges on the launch of the National Pre-Med Club Initiative. The pilot program for this groundbreaking STEM program for 4th graders kicked off in Fort Worth Independent School District in February of 2016 and has over 1900 students participating in the curriculum.
Dr. Thymes received her undergraduate degree in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles. In between undergraduate and medical school, Dr. Thymes worked as a 7th and 8th grade math and science teacher. She received her medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus, Ohio. She completed her Emergency Medicine residency at King/Drew Medical Center in south central Los Angeles in 2006. Dr. Thymes currently resides in Washington, DC and Los Angeles.