Research Assistant

Katherina Tanson is a first-year medical student at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She is one of twenty-four students in the Charles R. Drew/UCLA Medical Education program, which uniquely focuses on addressing healthcare disparities while promoting leaders in medicine. Most recently, she serves as Co-President of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) and is a part of the literary selection committee of her institution’s “The Beat” Journal that highlights literary and artistic expression in medicine. In 2018, Katherina received her BS in Biology from Drexel University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. During her undergraduate education, Katherina dedicated her time to serving the children of Philadelphia by volunteering at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, which continued to inspire her passion for pediatrics. Additionally, she serves as mentor for high school and college students who wish to pursue careers in medicine. In her free time, Katherina enjoys journaling, writing poetry, and reading novels. She hopes to combine her love for medicine and literature in the future.