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Rhea Boyd

Pediatrician and Child Health Advocate, Palo Alto Medical Foundation and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland

Rhea Boyd, MD is a pediatrician and child health advocate in the Bay Area. She works clinically at Palo Alto Medical Foundation and University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. She leads a course on structural inequality and health at Stanford University's Pediatric Residency Program and has worked alongside colleagues in the Academic Pediatric Association to develop a national child poverty curriculum. She served on the Board of California Chapter 1, American Academy of Pediatrics where she lead a novel partnership between Bay Area clinics and a local tech non-profit venturing to address social needs as a means to improving child and community health. She has also been active in coordinating a group of public health officials, community advocates, and funders to evaluate and address the child and public health impact of harmful police practices and policies. She authors the blog Rhea.MD, where she critically engages the intersections of race, gender, politics, tech innovation, and health. She most recently joined the American Academy of Pediatrics Executive Committee on Communications and Media where she is interested in exploring how digital clinical tools, interdisciplinary partnerships, and social media can incorporate diverse types of data and voices into traditional processes to improve health, particularly for communities of color. Dr. Boyd received her medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 2010, and completed her pediatric residency program, at UCSF in 2013.