Latoya Johnson Keelen, PhD

Heart Failure community advocate Latoya Johnson KeelenLatoya was previously a health leader on

Meet Dr. Latoya Johnson Keelen. Dr. Johnson Keelen is a proud wife and mother of four children (a toddler, a tween, and two adults). About six weeks after the birth of her last child, she immediately went into end-stage (stage 4), post-partum cardiomyopathy (PPCM), and eventually received a left ventricular-assistance device and internal defibrillator the same year. As of today, she is still attempting to recover and is currently awaiting a heart transplant.

Prior to developing PPCM and entering early retirement because of her disability, Dr. Johnson Keelen served as a Health Communications Specialist specializing in social media and web strategies. She held previous positions as an instructor with Walden University School of Public Health, Grand Canyon University, Beulah Heights University, and Georgia Gwinnett College. She completed her postdoctoral studies and served as a Program Coordinator with Emory University School of Medicine and was a Science Writer/Editor with the American Cancer Society. She holds a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Tulane University and a Bachelor's from Xavier University of Louisiana.

Dr. Johnson Keelen looks forward to sharing her experiences while educating others about the dangers of heart disease, especially as it pertains to women of color.

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