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Nadine Burke-Harris, 1999

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. 


  • MPH | Harvard University 2002
  • MD Medicine | University of California, Davis 2001
  • BA Integrative biology | University of California, Berkeley 1996
Work History
  • State of California, Surgeon General
  • Center for Youth Wellness, Founder & CEO
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