When Dr. Mary Bassett was introduced as NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Commissioner of Health in 2014, she quoted Dr. King. “Of all forms of inequality,” she said. “Injustice in health is the most shocking and inhumane.” By choosing those words, Bassett was in signaling her progressive view of healthcare and health policy—one she has advocated for since working in Zimbabwe after graduating from medical school, during her tenure with Doctors Without Borders and as Deputy Health Commissioner under Mayor Michael Bloomberg. She is dedicated to improving school nutrition, health and wellness education—especially among our poor and underserved communities and is s a voice for encouraging diversity in the medical and healthcare profession. Our Life And Times spoke recently with Dr. Bassett.