P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Kathleen Tran, 2005

Physician and Surgeon

Kathleen Tran is the child of immigrants from Viet Nam

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

KATHLEEN TRAN is a licensed Physician and Surgeon in San Jose, California, where she specializes in medical dermatology and teledermatology.

Kathleen was born in Fayetteville, Arkansas, to naturalized parents who emigrated from Vietnam. Kathleen received her bachelor's with three majors -- music, biochemistry, and biology -- from Indiana University at Bloomington, where she was Phi Beta Kappa and a Herman Wells Scholar. She completed an M.Sc. in Medical Anthropology and an M.Sc. in Comparative Social Policy at Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. She completed her MD at University of Pennsylvania.

Kathleen is a classical pianist whose performances have included benefit performances to raise money for the education and development of children with autism. As a writer, she has published in the University of Virginia Literary Magazine and has won awards from the National Foundation for Advancement of the Arts and from Brown University, Purdue University, and Indiana University. She spent the summer of 2008 as a Health Policy Fellow in the Office of Rear Admiral Susan Blumenthal (the Former U.S. Assistant Surgeon General) at the Foundation for AIDS Research in Washington, D.C., where she worked primarily on issues surrounding the oft-neglected rise of HIV/AIDS in Asia.

  • MD Medicine | University of Pennsylvania 2009
  • MSc Comparative Social Policy | Oxford University 2005
  • MSc Medical Anthropology | Oxford University 2004
  • BS Biology | Indiana University Bloomington 2003
  • Rhodes Scholar
Work History
  • Physician and Surgeon
  • Kaiser Permanente, Associate Physician
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