Born and raised in North Carolina, Dr. Aisha T. Liferidge graduated with honors from Duke University with a bachelor of science degree in Biology, and minors in Chemistry and Spanish. In 1999, she began her medical training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine on a 4-year full scholarship. While in Chapel Hill, she reaped the benefits of mentorship from great icons in the field of emergency medicine, which led to her completing key research in neurological emergencies as a tender, yet eager medical student.
Dr. Liferidge joined the ranks of the reputable emergency medicine residency program at the University of Maryland Medical System in Baltimore, Maryland in June 2003. Here, she sharpened her clinical acumen and was groomed for leadership in academics and organized medicine.
Dr. Liferidge was elected president of the national Emergency Medicine Residents' Association (EMRA) in the fall of 2005. As she completed her three-year term in 2008, she was honored with the American College of Emergency Physician's (ACEP) Heroes in Emergency Medicine Award for commitment to and achievement within the specialty.
In 2011, she completed her Executive Master of Public Health degree from the esteemed Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in New York, New York. Her areas of public health interests include access to care, disparities, and quality in health care.
At present, Dr. Liferidge serves at the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC, where she fulfills her true passion for clinical practice, teaching, and mentoring as an assistant professor of emergency medicine, with a secondary appointment in the Health Policy Department of the Milken Institute School of Public Health. She additionally serves as director of the George Washington Department of Emergency Medicine’s health policy fellowship, which trains future public health and health policy leaders.
Dr. Liferidge currently serves on ACEP's Public Health and Injury Prevention committee, serves as chair of the Disparities in Emergency Medicine subcommittee, has served as an ACEP representative and liaison on federal initiatives, and has chaired an ACEP task force. At the state level, she currently serves as the Immediate Past President of the District of Columbia Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Previously, she served two terms on the Maryland College of Emergency Physicians Board of Directors and was a member of its public policy committee.
She is the chief executive officer of the Dr. Aisha Liferidge Minority Women in Science Foundation, a non-profit organization that empowers the dreams of future leaders. Additionally, she is a published author, has given several local, state, national and international lectures and speeches, and performs and leads health policy and stroke research efforts, partially through grant funding from the National Institute of Health (NIH).