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Keven Stonewall

Medical Student, Motivational Speaker, and Influencer | Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine

"I envision Chicago as a safe place for individuals from all communities to receive quality health care. Empowering community members through improving health literacy is a goal I have as I receive my medical training. I envision Chicago investing in youth because they are the future. We have to be there for the youth so that they know that their dreams will become a reality. I envision Chicago paying it forward."


Undergraduate Degree: University of Wisconsin-Madison, '17

Fun fact: My younger sister and I are always going head to head in a dance bottle. She always wins though.

Keven Stonewall is a Chicago Scholars alumni, medical student, motivational speaker, and influencer from the South Side of Chicago. His national recognition began at seventeen years old when he conducted colon cancer research at Rush University Medical Center to determine how aging affects certain immune responses in mice when exposed to colon cancer cells. This groundbreaking research, which many scientists credit to Keven, has earned him respect in the science and medical community, and earned him numerous awards and honors including presenting at the Intel International Engineering and Science Competition, and Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer.

He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2017 and as a student, he conducted research on using preclinical models of allogeneic bone marrow transplant to cure both osteosarcoma and neuroblastoma. He gave a TEDx Talk and has been featured by USA Today, BET, MSNBC, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago’s Windy City Live, and Chicago’s WCIU Morning Show: The Jam, New York Daily News.

Outside of his medical endeavors, he travels around the country giving motivational speeches to high school and college students as well as patients who are currently fighting colon cancer. He was recently featured as a model in Bonobos’ national televised commercial, Project 172, which brought more awareness on the idea of challenging today’s definition of “modern masculinity”. Keven is always reminded of the quote "If you are not planning to succeed than you are planning to fail."

Keven Stonewall is currently a first-year medical student at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.