Damien Myers MD, MPH is the community manger for BMe Baltimore. BMe is the largest network of black male social entrepreneurs in the United States. The national organization is comprised of an award-winning network of community-builders known for defining people by their positive contributions to society and for helping to build health, wealth, hope, and opportunities in urban communities. Dr. Myers is also the Director of Education for Project Pneuma. Project Pneuma focuses on teaching young men (grades 4-8) forgiveness and self-control through meditation, yoga, breathing techniques and focus drills; martial arts and intense physical training; and exposure to different cultures.
Dr. Myers has degrees from Morehouse College (BS, Biology), University of Alabama at Birmingham (MPH in Epidemiology), and Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine (MD). The degrees and accolades only highlight the end point of a very difficult road. Dr. Myers was born in Detroit, Michigan to teenage parents and faced many of the obstacles that are typically found in major American cities. His desire and passion for empowering students’ stems from the lack of support and direction he faced while pursuing his dream of becoming a physician. At times he felt isolated, lost, and helpless. Dr. Myers made a vow to work tirelessly to provide the guidance and support he desperately needed as an aspiring physician. In 2010 Dr. Myers stepped out on faith and left clinical medicine to devote 100% of his time to educating, inspiring, and cultivating the next generation of African-American health care professionals. Since 2010, Dr. Myers has personally mentored and instructed over 300 high school minority students who successfully enrolled in public health, nursing, or medical school programs. Over 90% of these students attended college on a scholarship.
Dr. Myers has received numerous awards and accolades. In 2016 he was honored as a 2016 Elijah Saunders, MD Trailblazer Award for his efforts to decrease health care disparities in urban communities. He also received the Presidents Volunteer Service Award from President Obama in 2016 for his service to the Baltimore community. In May 2015, Dr. Myers was chosen to present at the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) conference on the topic: Developing Valuable Partnerships to Ensure Students’ Success in the STEM Fields. In 2014 he was awarded the 2014 BMe Community Genius Award for his efforts in connecting people, inspiring youth, and improving the economic conditions in Baltimore, MD. In addition, Dr. Myers was recognized by former Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake with a 2014 “Baltimore’s Top Neighborhood Dad” award.
Dr. Myers is married to Ayana Bass-Myers and they have two wonderful children, Demi and Damien Amari. They reside in Southeast Baltimore.