California’s First Surgeon General is a Black Woman | Because of Them We Can

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris has just been appointed as California’s first-ever Surgeon General. Governor Gavin Newsom announced the news on Monday. According to NBC News, Newsom said in a news release that Harris “will focus on combating the root causes of serious health conditions and use her office to reach young families across the state.”

After graduating from the University of California, Berkeley in 1996, Harris went on to obtain her medical degree from the University of California Davis School of Medicine. She then earned a Master’s in Public Health from Harvard University and completed her residency in pediatrics at Stanford University.