At the hospital, I join my colleagues on the frontlines of our community’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We see everyday how this crisis has compounded existing inequalities, and made it even harder for people in our district to get by.
I have spent my life serving my community. My dad was a dentist and my mother ran the office. Growing up, my sister and I joined them after school and in the summers, and their commitment to caring for each person who walked in the door inspired me to become a doctor. I married my husband, Ryan, in 2008 here in Massachusetts, fully recognizing the importance of equality for all.
I now work as a primary care doctor and an infectious disease specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital where I am particularly focused on those living with and at risk for HIV. This work motivated me to push for the structural change needed to care for vulnerable populations,, and establish the hospital’s Transgender Health Program. Over the past five years, I have worked with my colleagues to build a clinical program that provides high quality, personalized care to some of the most vulnerable in our community.
Working on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic has strengthened my resolve to achieve healthcare for all. It has further solidified my belief that healthcare is about more than having an insurance card in your pocket. Healthcare is having a safe place to live. It is being paid a livable wage and being guaranteed paid sick and family leave. It is about clean water and a livable planet. It is about reliable public transportation and infrastructure. And, it is about creating national priorities that put people first.
It’s time to think bigger, and push for transformative change. That’s why I’m running for Congress.
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