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Dr. Margaret Larkins-Pettigrew

Dr. Margaret Larkins-Pettigrew is an international diversity, inclusion and equity expert, healthcare strategist, clinical OB/Gyn, professor, author and maternal/infant health care equity advocate.


She is currently the first Senior Vice President/Chief Clinical Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer (CCDEIO) of Allegheny Health Network / Highmark Enterprise in Pittsburgh, Pa and the founder/CEO/President of WONDOOR (now JUSTWONDOOR), Women and Newborns, Diversity, Outreach, Opportunity and Research, a program that aims to educate global medical providers through local and international health care collaborations.


Her passion for advocating for health equity and building programs that aim to improve outcomes for women, people of color, vulnerable and marginalized communities has been a common thread throughout her highly-respected 30-year career and commitment to ongoing service.


Meet Dr. Margaret Larkins-Pettigrew

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Dr. Larkins-Pettigrew is recognized for her knowledge and expertise both regionally and around the globe. She has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, MSNBC, Swiss Radio International, national podcasts, local television, and radio stations. She has consulted for and authored articles for several health organizations and publications and is also a frequent speaker on healthcare strategy, DEI in the workforce and in our communities, women’s health and wellness issues.


She is the recipient of many honors and awards for her work, including the prestigious Crain’s Business Magazine “Woman of Note” award, an Athena Award nomination, “Top Docs” by Cleveland Magazine, and the YMCA’s “Distinguished Woman” Awards (Pittsburgh and Cleveland). In 2021, Larkins-Pettigrew was the recipient of Women in BIO’s P.O.W.E.R. award, named a Woman of Influence by the Pittsburgh Business Times and a Top 25 Diversity Leader by Modern Healthcare. Most recently, she was honored with four Anthem Awards in the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion categories, including two gold medals for Leader of the Year and two silver for Best Strategy and Partnership or Collaboration.


Larkins-Pettigrew is also the author of an autobiography, The Colors of My Heart: Embracing My Blackness with History, Family, Fear, and Faith, a personal and professional testament to the experiences that guide her grit and success navigating race, sexism, politics to become a changemaker, inspire hope and for a more a promising path. 

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