Dr. Theresa Cheng

NLC Los Angeles '20 Alumna

NLC Spark! Talk

Spark! Talk Title: Social Emergency Medicine: The Role of The Emergency Department in Social Justice

Theresa Cheng is a senior Emergency Medicine resident at UCLA, hoping to shape medical practice to promote human dignity and social justice. She co-authored the chapter on homelessness in the textbook Social Injustice and Public Health, ed. 4th and is on the Board of Directors for Border Kindness, a non-profit providing medical/legal care for homeless immigrants in Mexico.

This year, Theresa worked with the ACLU to investigate reproductive health violations of migrants in detention centers. Representing Service Employees International Union, she gave comments at a Congressional Roundtable on prioritizing financial assistance to all essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A native of rural South Carolina, Theresa graduated magna cum laude from Harvard. She holds a M.D. from the Mayo Clinic and a J.D. with specialization in International Law from the UC Berkeley Law School. She was a Lynton Scholar at the Andrew Levitt Center for Social Emergency Medicine in 2017.

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