Eugenia South

Senior Fellow

Eugenia South, MD, MSHP

  • Ralph Muller Presidential Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine
  • Faculty Director, Penn Medicine Center for Health Justice, Perelman School of Medicine
  • Associate Vice President, Health Justice, Perelman School of Medicine

Eugenia (Gina) South, MD, MSHP is the Ralph Muller Presidential Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, Faculty Director for the Penn Medicine Center for Health Justice, and Associate Vice President of Health Justice for the University of Pennsylvania Health System. The vision of the Center for Health Justice is to enable health through racial, economic, and environmental justice for Black, Brown, and other people and neighborhoods harmed by structural inequity. The Center has two broad portfolios: (a) research and community action led by the Urban Health Lab and (b) health system operations led by the Health Justice Transformation group. Dr. South has studied a variety of place-based interventions including vacant lot greening, abandoned house remediation, tree planting, and structural repairs to homes, demonstrating an impact on gun violence prevention, and mental and physical health. Her research is funded by the NIH, CDCP, and the Commonwealth Fund. Her work has been published in JAMA, NEJM, PNAS, and AJPH, and been covered by national and international media outlets such as the New York Times, Washington Post, and NPR.

Dr. South is also passionate about infusing joy, hope, and peace into the lives of mentees, staff, and colleagues. She is guided by her core values of authenticity, caring, and seeks to create a work environment where all can thrive. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and three children, where you can find them exploring parks, the Philly dining scene, and cheering for the New York Mets. 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.

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