COVID-19: Paul & Daisy Soros Fellows in Public Health and Health Care
Surgeon General, State of California
Nadine Burke-Harris is an immigrant from Canada
Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MD in Medicine at University of California, Davis
Nadine Burke-Harris is the first surgeon general of California. She is the founder of the Center for Youth Wellness in San Francisco, California.
Previously, she was the Medical Director of the Bayview Child Health Center for California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco and is chairing a task force for the mayor's office to look at inner-city violence as a public health issue.
Nadine, though born in Vancouver, British Columbia, spent the first four years of her life in Jamaica. She then settled with her family in Palo Alto, California.
Nadine earned her BA in integrative biology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1996. She graduated from University of California at Davis Medical School in 2001. She completed a MPH degree at Harvard University in May 2002.
At UC Berkeley Nadine developed and carried out a project to enhance communication and understanding between Berkeley's police and its at-risk youth. She was co-director of a medical student-run clinic that provides primary medical care on Saturday mornings to a predominantly minority community.
Nadine earned the Gabriel Smilkstein Award for outstanding contribution to the medically needy. She is the recipient of a National Institute of Health research grant to support her studies. She co-authored an article in the Western Journal of Medicine addressing the need for ethnic parity in the health professions.
In January of 2019, 1999 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow Nadine Burke-Harris was appointed by the governor of California as the state's first surgeon general. Nadine and her family immigrated to the Untied States when she was four.Read More
US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy (1998 Fellow), in conversation with Nadine Burke-Harris (1999 Fellow), discussed his career path, being a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow, and the importance of finding a voice at the 2015 Fall Conference.Read More