P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Risheng Xu, 2009

Resident Physician, Johns Hopkins Hospital

Risheng Xu is an immigrant from China

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

RISHENG XU is a Resident Physician at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He received his MD/PhD at Johns Hopkins University in 2015.

Born in China, he joined his parents in the US in 1989. They are naturalized citizens and reside in Houston, TX.

Risheng completed his bachelor's, magna cum laude, and master's in chemistry at Harvard University.

While at Harvard Risheng published ten articles, a number of them first-authored, within such journals as Organic Letters, the Journal of the American Chemical Society, the Journal of Neurosurgery, and Neurosurgery. While he hopes to pursue academic medicine, his other interests have led to his work as a news executive for The Harvard Crimson, his commitment as a five-semester teaching fellow and election as an Award Peer Tutor, as well as his piano performances as a winner of national and international piano competitions during high school.

At Johns Hopkins, Risheng has received the Franklin Paine Mall Award for the highest academic standing . He helped found and coordinate the volunteer division of Johns Hopkins' Emergency Department HIV Counseling Program, which screened more than 8,000 patients last year.

  • MD Medicine | Johns Hopkins University 2015
  • PhD Pharmacology | Johns Hopkins University 2015
  • AB Chemistry | Harvard University 2007
  • MA Chemistry | Harvard University 2007
Work History
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital, Resident Physician | January 2015 - PRESENT
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