Meet Dr. Le

Phuoc Le, MD, MPH

Phuoc Le, MD, MPH


Phuoc V. Le, MD, MPH, DTM&H is currently an Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at UCSF, and Assistant Professor of Public Health at UC Berkeley. Dr. Le completed a combined residency in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Global Health Equity at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. During residency, he worked with PIH to provide equitable health care in Rwanda, Lesotho, Malawi, and post-earthquake Haiti. With Dr. Sriram Shamasunder, he co-founded the nation’s first Global Health-Hospital Medicine Fellowship, and co-founded the HEAL Initiative in 2014.


“What I expect of myself is to focus on health disparities and have it be my life’s work.”

– Dr. Phuoc Le

Dr. Le reflects on his volunteer experience transferring critically-ill patients with Partners in Health in Haiti post-earthquake in 2010.

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In 2014, Dr. Le headed to Africa despite of the quarantine policy and Ebola outbreak. He was one of the few doctors who were willing to risk his own life to prevent the disease from spreading further. He was also named as one of the Ebola responders in TIME’s choice for person of the year in 2014.
Articles About Dr. Le’s Ebola Response

Selected Publications

Innovative partnerships to advance public health training in community-based academic residency programs Factors Associated with Hepatitis B Knowledge Among Vietnamese Americans: A Population-Based Survey

Cross-sectional study explores the different factors associated with Hepatitis B knowledge among Vietnamese Americans. These factors include Northern California residency, longer U.S residency, higher education, family history of HBV, and discussion about HBV with family/ friends. The study emphasizes on the need for more interventions to increase knowledge about Hepatitis B transmission to decrease health disparity among Vietnamese Americans.

“Ebola Fundamentally Alters the Doctor-Patient Relationship.”

Dr. Le reflects on the difference between healthcare delivery system for critically ill patients in the U.S and Liberia, where Ebola has touched every facet of life and death. The nature of the disease prevents physicians from providing even the most basic act of service for their patients, thus transforming the relationship between doctors and patients for the worse.

“University Doctors: We Need More Support Fighting Ebola in Africa.”

The article highlights the urgent need for more healthcare support and suggests 4 concrete steps in which global health and academic institutions can take to furthermore assist the fight against Ebola in Africa.

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