• B.A., Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley, 1996
    • M.D., UC Davis School of Medicine, 2001
    • M.P.H., Harvard University School of Public Health, 2002
    • Pediatrics Residency, Stanford University, 2002-05

Resume highlights

    • Pediatrician and medical director, Bayview Child Health Center, San Francisco, April 2007
    • Founder and CEO, Center for Youth Wellness, San Francisco, 2012
    • Heinz Award for the Human Condition, The Heinz Foundation, October 2016
    • Surgeon General, state of California, February 2019


      • “How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime.” September 2014, 5+ million views

Book author

    • The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity. 2018 National Health Information Awards, Silver Award

Physician toolkit

    • Developed the Center for Youth Wellness Adverse Childhood Experiences Questionnaire (ACE-Q) and User Guide as a screening tool and protocol for pediatric care providers

Alumni honors

    • Recipient of the UC Davis School of Medicine Alumni Association’s 2018 Transformational Leadership Award. Read more on alumni awards.

Surgeon general

  • Took oath of office Feb. 11, 2019