Dr. Phuoc Le is dedicated to creating opportunities all over the world for doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers to better serve vulnerable populations. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of California San Francisco. He co-founded the HEAL (Health, Equity, Action and Leadership) Initiative, which trains, transforms, and builds a community of healthcare providers to make service to the underserved their lifelong commitment. HEAL operates on Native American reservations, prisons, and safety net hospitals in the U.S., as well as in some of the poorest villages in Nepal, Haiti, India, Mali, Malawi, Liberia and Mexico. It pairs U.S. and international health professionals who share a passion for health equity, and creates opportunities for them to collaborate on concrete initiatives to improve the overall quality of healthcare. In its first three years of operation, HEAL has become the largest academic global health fellowship in the United States, with over 80 program participants who collectively provide high quality health care to over 1 million underserved people annually. On fellowship to South Africa and Kenya, Le will investigate strategies to enhance mentorship, develop an engaged alumni network, and scale with financial sustainability. He will integrate lessons learned to enable the HEAL Initiative to become a paradigm-changing model for global health education.


HEAL Initiative



Areas of Interest

Education, Healthcare
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Program Year



United States Program

Country of Origin

United States

Destination Country

Kenya;South Africa