Gina Garvin, MD

Eugenia C. South, MD, MSHP

Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine

Eugenia South, MD, MSHP is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. South's research focuses on how neighborhood context impacts health and safety in urban environments. She is interested in understanding the ways in which the physical attributes of where people live, work, and play influence chronic stress, cardiovascular and mental health, and violent crime. She has worked on a series of studies evaluating the impact of vacant lot greening on violent crime, perceptions of safety, physiologic stress, and mental health.  This work has been published in JAMA Network Open, PNAS, and AJPH, and has been featured in national and international media outlets including NPR, NBC News, TIME, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. Dr. South's current research portfolio includes studying the impact of a blight remediation intervention on chronic stress, evaluating the impact of a City of Philadelphia low-income housing repair program on health and crime, and developing an intervenetion to increase the amount of time children and their families spend outside in green space. Dr. South received her MD from Washington University School of Medicine in 2008 and her MSHP from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012, during which time she was also a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar.