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  • Tiffany Yu

    Tiffany Yu

    Masters Student in Clinical Informatics Management, admitted Summer 2021

    BioTiffany Yu is a social entrepreneur, cultural commentator, and seasoned leader. She is the founding Executive Director of Modem, the first lifestyle and wellness digital media company for Asian Americans. Prior to Modem, Tiffany was the Co-Founder and Editor in Chief of Watercress, the first Medium publication dedicated to highlighting the Asian American experience. Passionate in health access and education, Tiffany is the previous President of the Cal Undergraduate Public Health Coalition, the largest student-run public health organization in California. In 2020, she served as the Executive Director and National Board President for Team HBV, the first student-run nonprofit organization in the United States dedicated to eradicating Hepatitis B in minority and immigrant communities. In 2019, Tiffany was appointed as the first Director of Basic Needs in the Office of the UC Berkeley President, developing policies and outreach initiatives dedicated to alleviating student food insecurity on campus for the largest and most autonomous student-run 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in the nation. In 2019, Tiffany also founded and taught a first-of-its-kind undergraduate course on U.S. health policy and advocacy in the UC Berkeley School of Public Health (Health Policy and Management Division) for three semesters to over 70 students. She has served as a distinguished fellow for UC Berkeley Engineering, UC Berkeley Computer Science, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

    Tiffany's product management experiences at digital health startups have invigorated her passion for health innovation, and her current research interests center on health technology, particularly clinical informatics, digital health, and process innovation. Tiffany graduated from UC Berkeley in 2021 and is attaining her MS in Clinical Informatics Management at Stanford University School of Medicine.

  • Ilana Rachel Yurkiewicz

    Ilana Rachel Yurkiewicz

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine - Primary Care and Population Health

    BioI am a physician in internal medicine and oncology. I spend my time directly caring for patients, advocating for them as a medical journalist, and researching ways to improve their lives.

    I have a special interest in cancer survivorship and improving transitions between oncology and primary care. I am privileged to have a growing primary care clinic with a unique focus in providing comprehensive care for patients with a history of cancer as well as those carrying genetic diagnoses conferring elevated risk. I feel incredibly fortunate to do this work, and my goal is to provide thoughtful, compassionate, and holistic care for all my patients.

    As a journalist, I strive to bridge the gaps between academic medicine and everyday lives. I am a former AAAS Mass Media Fellow, and I was a regular columnist for Scientific American and MDEdge. My writing has also appeared in Undark Magazine, Health Affairs, STAT News, Aeon Magazine, Science Progress, and The News & Observer and has been republished in The Atlantic and The Best American Science and Nature Writing anthology.

    I have an academic interest in bioethics. I interned with the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, and I have done ethics research on return of incidental findings in medicine and research. My ethics papers have been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Penn Bioethics Journal, and Ivy Journal of Ethics.

    Finally, the intersection of my work is intentional. Above all else I care about improving the lives of patients, and I am grateful for a chance to do it through my one-on-one work as a doctor and on a broader scale through my writing and research.