With over 12 million individuals nationwide and nearly 2.4 million within California, the undocumented immigrant population is an undeniable segment of our nation's makeup. Still, an undocumented immigrant's access to healthcare systems is limited and often nonexistent, leading to poorer outcomes and diminished population health. With a shifting political climate, we as a society must begin to reckon with the impact of legislation on the health and outcomes of its most vulnerable populations. This year’s symposium will explore the relationship between immigration and the healthcare system, as well as discuss how the healthcare system can use social justice as a means to improve access to healthcare for immigrants in the United States.
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Sural Shah, MD MPH, is an internal medicine/pediatrics primary care physician at UCLA Internal Medicine-Pediatrics and at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center (OVMC). She is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen UCLA School of Medicine. Dr. Shah is faculty for the UCLA Internal Medicine Primary Care Residency Program, where she directs the longitudinal residency curriculum in immigrant and refugee health and co-directs the OVMC Human Rights Clinic for asylum seekers in Los Angeles County. Dr. Shah completed the Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She subsequently completed the Kraft Fellowship in Community Health Leadership, where she earned a Masters in Public Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Hiroshi Motomura, JD is the Susan Westerberg Prager Distinguished Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law and an influential scholar and teacher of immigration and citizenship. He is the author of two general audience books: Americans in Waiting (Oxford 2006) and Immigration Outside the Law (Oxford 2014). Both won the PROSE Award from the Association of American Publishers as that year’s best book in Law and Legal Studies, and Americans in Waiting was chosen by the U.S. Department of State for its Suggested Reading List for Foreign Service Officers. Hiroshi is also a co-author of two law school casebooks: Immigration and Citizenship: Process and Policy (8th ed. West 2016), and Forced Migration: Law and Policy (2d ed. West 2013), and he has written many widely cited articles on immigration and citizenship. He is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Immigration Law Center, and founding director of the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN) in Denver, Colorado. Hiroshi has received many teaching honors, including the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award in 2014 and the 2013 Chris Kando Iijima Teacher and Mentor Award from the Conference of Asian Pacific American Law Faculty, and he was one of 26 law professors nationwide profiled in What the Best Law Teachers Do (Harvard 2013). Hiroshi is now at work on a new book, The New Migration Law, with the support of a 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship.
Michael A. Rodríguez, MD, MPH is professor and vice chair in the Department of Family Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, founding director of the UCLA Blum Center on Poverty and Health in Latin America, founding chair of the UCLA Global Health Minor, Co-Director of UCLA Firearm Violence Prevention Center, and Founding Director of the Health Equity Network of the Americas, an international network with representatives from 26 countries. Dr. Rodríguez is published widely in the areas of research that include, ethnic/racial and immigrant health equity, gun and domestic violence prevention, and primary care for immigrant populations. Dr. Rodríguez received his BS in Nutrition at the University of California, Berkeley; his medical degree from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA; his residency from UCSF’s Family Medicine Residency Program; his Master of Public Health degree at the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health; was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at Stanford University and a professor of family medicine at UCSF.
Sarah Andebrhan is a second-year medical student at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Born in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to parents from Eritrea and raised in Long Beach, she obtained her bachelor’s degree from Columbia University in neuroscience and behavior. She then went on to receive a dual master’s in biomedical sciences and public health with a concentration in health services management and policy from Tufts University. Her own undocumented status throughout her childhood inspired the selection of her graduate thesis on the biological impact of stress in communities of low socioeconomic status, with a focus on immigrant populations. She is currently a graduate student researcher at the Center for Health Policy Research at UCLA, supporting efforts to evaluate the PRIME project under Medi-Cal’s 2020 Waiver. In her free time, Sarah enjoys musicals and concerts, reading, traveling, and connecting with friends.
Thanh Tran is a second year medical student at the David Geffen School of Medicine. Raised in Milpitas, California, he obtained his bachelor's degree in biochemistry and cell biology. In college, Thanh volunteered at the Health Frontiers in Tijuana Clinic to help serve the vulnerable population at the border and helped coordinate a dance competition with teams all over California. He engaged in neuroscience research through undergraduate, continuing his research on epilepsy for his master’s degree in Biology. During his time in medical school, he has been involved in medical school to global health and basic science research in immunology. He is considering a career in surgery or internal medicine. In his free time he enjoys playing tennis, watching basketball, spending time with friends, and eating new foods.
Habib Khoury is a second-year medical student at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Born and raised in Aleppo, Syria, he later obtained his bachelor’s degree in neurobiology with a minor in Middle Eastern history at Stanford University in 2016. Throughout his undergraduate education, he pursued his interests in medicine while working in a neuroscience research laboratory; volunteering at free clinics; and founding a student group aimed at enhancing undergraduate research experiences at Stanford. He spent a year after graduation researching patient outcomes following bariatric surgery at the Stanford Hospital. He is currently involved in academic tutoring and research investigating factors involved in quality of care and healthcare expenditure in cardiothoracic and neurological surgery. In his spare time, Habib enjoys traveling, playing basketball, trying new recipes, and playing the guitar.
Brian Chu is a first-year medical student at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and an alumnus of Washington University in St. Louis, where he completed his B.A. in Biochemistry with a minor in psychological brain sciences. During his undergraduate education, he found his passion in mentoring and dismantling mental health stigmas, leading him to become a counselor for his fellow peers. He also researched the clinical outcomes and natural history of Neurofibromatosis type 2 and was a teacher’s assistant for biology and chemistry courses. Though he is unsure of what field of medicine he wants to pursue, he wishes to become a physician who provides holistic and high-quality care to those who are most vulnerable to the negative effects of healthcare disparities.
Vice Chancellor, UCLA Health Sciences
CEO, UCLA Health
Vice Dean for Education, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Chief Medical Education Officer, UCLA Health System
Professor and Chair, Department of Family Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine
Dean for UCLA School of Nursing,
Professor and Lulu Wolf-Hassenplug Endowed Chair in Nursing
Assistant Clinical Professor
Division on Internal Medicine-Pediatrics
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Olive View-UCLA Medical Center
Department of Internal Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine