Maria Christina Herrera, MD

MSHP Student

 Maria Christina Herrera is an adolescent medicine fellow at CHOP who is pursuing the Masters of Science in Health Policy at Penn through the T32 funded Academic General Pediatrics training program. Her present focus addresses the intersection of the HIV and SUD epidemics for teens and young adults. She is a board-certified pediatrician who is particularly interested in access to treatment and prevention initiatives for historically marginalized and disenfranchised groups, namely Black and Latinx youth.

Christina contributed to healthcare and public health efforts during her domestic training in New York City, San Francisco, and with the Indian Health Service on the White Mountain Apache Reservation in Whiteriver, Arizona. She has also worked both clinically and in a research capacity globally in the Dominican Republic, Peru and Mexico all of which served to deepen her commitment to health equity and poverty alleviation.

Originally from a small rural town in upstate New York, Christina completed her undergraduate education with a BA out of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Columbia University. She received her MD from Columbia University prior to completing her residency in the pediatrics PLUS program at the University of California, San Francisco which trains pediatricians to advance health equity through community engagement and legislative advocacy.