P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Irina Linetskaya, 2002

MD, Harvard University

Irina Linetskaya is an immigrant from Ukraine

Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MD in Medicine at Harvard University

IRINA LINETSKAYA is now a primary care HIV doctor at Callen-Lorde, an LGBT community health center in New York bringing comprehensive general, transgender, and HIV care to her diverse patient population.

Irina was born in Kiev, the capital of present-day Ukraine. Having lost her parents at a young age, she came to the United States with her grandparents as Jewish refugees when she was twelve years old, eventually settling in San Francisco. At an early age she became the principal financial support for her family. As a teenager, Irina participated in the Stanford Medical Youth Science Program aimed to reach out to high-achieving, financially disadvantaged youth in the Bay Area; this program empowered her to reach for her dream of becoming a physician, the first in her family.

At Stanford University, Irina majored in human biology with a concentration in community health. She received her MD at Harvard Medical School.

As an undergraduate Irina remained involved with the Stanford University Medical Youth Science Program. She led several HIV-based community service trips with Alternative Spring Break, developed workshops on domestic violence in Nicaragua, and ran focus groups on Latino health beliefs at a San Francisco HIV/AIDS project. At Harvard Medical School she gained extensive experience in international HIV medicine through clinical rotations in Dakar, Senegal, Salvador, Brazil, and Lisbon, Portugal.

Irina completed her medical residency at Montefiore's unique Social Internal Medicine Program in the Bronx with a particular focus on HIV primary care in underserved communities. She now works in primary care in New York.

  • MD Medicine | Harvard University 2006
  • BA Human Biology | Stanford University 2000
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