P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Connie Chen, 2008

Chief Medical Officer, Lyra Health

Connie Chen is the child of immigrants from Taiwan

Fellowship awarded to support work towards a degree

CONNIE CHEN is chief medical officer at Lyra Health and an attending physician at UCSF Medical Center. Previously, she was co-founder and chief medical officer at Vida Health and an internal medicine resident at Stanford Hospital.

Connie graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from Harvard University with a degree in Economics and certificate in Health Policy. 

While at Harvard, Connie served as programming chair at the Phillips Brooks House Association where she managed 73 volunteer programs with over 1,800 student volunteers serving 10,000 constituents in the greater Boston Area. Connie also worked with the nonprofit Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM), dedicated to expanding access to university developed medicines in developing countries. She is credited with having created a sea-change in the way Harvard approaches licensing.

Connie continued her work with UAEM as a medical student at the University of California, San Francisco where she co-organized the first major U.S. conference on patent pools for HIV and neglected disease medicines. Looking to broaden patient access to health information, Connie served as Professional Network Manager at HeathTap and led the founding and development of the largest online physician network for answering user-generated health questions with 6000+ physicians sharing general health information at no charge.

  • BA Economics | Harvard University 2008
Work History
  • Lyra Health, Chief Medical Officer | September 2018 - PRESENT
  • Vida Health, Co-founder & Chief Medical Officer
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