Claudia Hejazi-Garcia is a rising junior at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in Neuroscience and Health Care Management. Originally from northeast Ohio, Claudia identified her passion for health care by building medical devices at the Cleveland Clinic and working with health policy experts to examine how medical devices could become accessible and affordable to all patients. This experience helped her realize that she wanted to combine her passions for medical research and health policy. After graduation, Claudia plans on attending medical school and becoming a physician to represent and support patients of color in health care.
During SUMR, Claudia is working on a project with her mentor Dr. Bryant-Stephens. Currently, one in four children in West Philadelphia live with asthma. Dr. Bryant-Stephens and her team support these children by facilitating in-home classes and providing families with supplies to mitigate asthma triggers in their home environments. Claudia will focus on developing a curriculum to teach families the best ways they can help support their children who live with asthma.
At Penn, Claudia is involved in WUHC, the Wharton Undergraduate Healthcare Club, which intertwines both medicine and business. In WUHC Impact, she works with her team to develop a health care management curriculum to be taught to high schoolers in West Philadelphia over eight weeks in the semester. With the Penn Healthcare Review, Claudia serves as Co-Editor-in-Chief and recently published an issue about health care and buisness reform in the United States. In her free time, Claudia enjoys listening to crime podcasts, driving aimlessly in her Rav4, and spending time with her friends.