About Me

IMG_2896I have long felt physicians need to use their voice and experience to speak to the connections between our health and our world and to illuminate the dynamic interrelationship between human biology and the physical and sociopolitical environment in which that biology functions and gains meaning.

This blog is my effort to foster national conversations about health and disease in the context of our daily life, work, and play. I hope you enjoy it!

The nitty gritty:

* I went to the University of Notre Dame for undergrad where I studied African American Studies and became a long suffering fan of our football program.

* I went to Vanderbilt University School of Medicine for Medical School and kinda have a thing for the south now…try Copper Kettle brunch in Nashville…you can thank me later.

* I graduated from my pediatric residency at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), where my research interests included tattoo removal as a community violence prevention initiative, community revitalization as a public health intervention, and the use of open access technology and social media to promote collaboration between patients, providers and all the people that make health a reality. I was also a member of UCSF’s Pediatric Leadership for the Under-served (PLUS) program that moulds young pediatricians into leaders for underserved communities and families.

* I am a practicing pediatrician and child health advocate in the Bay Area who recently completed a Masters of Public Health as a Commonwealth Fund Mongan Fellow in Minority Health Policy at Harvard’s TH Chan School of Public Health.

*If you like what you read here, follow me on twitter @RheaBoydMD

* And please remember: The opinions stated here only reflect mine and are not representative of any of the institutions I have attended or currently attend. Also, although I am a licensed physician, any generalized opinions I offer are not meant as medical advice to treat or advise patients. Medical decisions can only safely be made in consultation with a doctor you know and trust. Also, links to other websites do not imply that I endorse any of the views expressed there or products advertised there.

Rhea. MD.


7 thoughts on “About Me

  1. thanks for a nice article “Inequality in medicine: Be thoughtful about the way we educate our trainees”, raising important lessons for many of us! (I’m a pediatrician in Singapore). However, the message would have been more powerful if it has been written more simply. i’ve been inspired by the lessons on good writing by books like “On writing well” by William Zinsser , and “The complete plain words” by Ernest Gowers. your messages are important, and deserves wider dissemination!

    • Thank you so much! I think you may be my first reader from Singapore! And I agree with you. I am working on honing my voice to be more clear and concise. I will check out those resources and I appreciate that feedback!

  2. Hello Rhea,

    I just found your blog, and it is such a relief to see a healthcare professional putting forth thoughts and ideas regarding police violence as a public health issue. I am finishing my BSN this year, and am wanting to become a Mental Health NP in the future. I want to help work to create community based mental health alternatives to the police.

    Thank you again. Do you know of other institutions openly recognizing and working to solve this public health crisis? T.H. Chan School of Public Health seems to be one of the only I am aware of.

    • Hi,

      Thanks for your comment! It is nice to find colleagues who share a passion for this work. And yes, there are a number of folks engaged in this work, the trick is to find them or to create a space to organize people who are interested. The American Public Health Association’s conference this year is going to have a number of workshops and posters (so I am told) on this topic. I’m not sure where you live, but that may be a good place to start finding like-minded colleagues. Here’s a link to the conference page: http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual/schedule.

      It may also be helpful to ask folks at your local health department who is working on this or ask your hospital or clinic staff who is champion this work. If they cannot point you to someone, ask for resources to coordinate something yourself!

      I will continue to share more info about this work on my blog. So check back periodically too.

      Okay be well,

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