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Meet Nadine Burke Harris; California’s First-ever Surgeon General Who is a Black Woman

Trailblazer Dr Nadine Burke Harris has chalked multiple feats after she was appointed as California’s first-ever Surgeon General, making her the first black person to occupy that position as well.

Governor Gavin Newsom announced the news in March 2019.

We learnt via NBC News that Newsom said in a news release that Harris “will focus on combating the root causes of serious health conditions and use her office to reach young families across the state.”

Dr Nadine Burke Harris graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1996, and later went on to obtain her medical degree from the University of California Davis School of Medicine.


After earning her first degree, she then earned a Master’s in Public Health from Harvard University and completed her residency in pediatrics at Stanford University.


As a national leader in pediatric medicine and founder and CEO of the Center for Youth Wellness, Dr Harris has served as an advisor on former California’s Governor Jerry Brown’s “Let’s Get Healthy California Task Force”.

She also served as a committee member for the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Medical Home for Children Exposed to Violence Committee.

Dr Harris was also a former appointee by then-Mayor Gavin Newsom to the San Francisco Citizens’ Committee for Community Development.

In her new role, she would remain dedicated to her work of helping underserved communities and improving the health of children who are exposed to traumatic experiences.

Dr Harris was sworn in as California’s first Surgeon General on February 11, 2019.

Meanwhile, Dr Harris recently engaged American actress Kerry Washington in a discussion about selfcare-related issues.

Watch video below.



Written by How Africa

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