Christopher (Chris) Herrera is a fourth-year medical student pursuing the combined MD-MS in Health Policy Research degree at the Perelman School of Medicine. Originally from Miami, Florida, he graduated from Carnegie Mellon University, with a BS in Civil Engineering. From there, he attended Goucher Post Bac for his pre-medical studies. During medical school, Herrera has been involved in Puentes de Salud, Agnew Surgery clinic and conducted a pilot study for a pictorial aid for community health workers (Manual Para El Pueblo) in rural Honduras the summer after his first year. These experiences volunteering in Philadelphia and working globally have led him to recognize his interest in Latinx disparities and access to surgical care at home and abroad. His research interests include financial toxicity of surgical cancer care, hospital systems contribution to disparities, telehealth access, and developing surgical disease education for Latinx population. His ultimate goal is to work in understanding how to navigate our health system and surgical care through the Latinx lens, and use these skills to apply them to global work in Latinx communities abroad. Herrera plans to apply for urology residency during his final year of medical school.
- MD/MSHP Student, Perelman School of Medicine