Photo: Dr. Emery in Shiprock, New Mexico, where she is completing a fellowship in Rural Health Leadership.

April 2, 2018

Dr. Eleanor (Ellie) Emery joined UCLA Health in Fall 2017, as a physician in the Hospital Medicine group at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Emery’s background is in providing trauma-informed care to marginalized patient populations, specifically within Native American, refugee, and immigrant communities. Dr. Emery also works part-time on Navajo Nation in New Mexico, where she is completing a fellowship with the Indian Health Service.

Dr. Emery was born and raised on her family’s farm in North Granby, Connecticut.  She attended Cornell University and graduated magna cum laude in 2010 with a BA in Global Health and Medical Anthropology.  While at Cornell, Dr. Emery became interested in issues at the intersection of health and human rights and spent time abroad in Ghana, South Africa, and Haiti.  During medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College, she continued to pursue her passion for global health as the Executive Director of the Weill Cornell Center for Human Rights, the first medical student-run clinic in the country to provide forensic medical evaluations and affidavits to survivors of torture seeking asylum in the United States.

After graduating with her MD in 2014, Dr. Emery joined the Internal Medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) where she co-founded an asylum clinic and designed an elective rotation on refugee and immigrant health that exposes residents to innovative, multidisciplinary methods for delivering high quality medical care to vulnerable populations.

Since completing residency, Dr. Emery has continued to explore ways to deliver high quality, trauma-informed care to underserved communities on two fronts: in Los Angeles, conducting forensic asylum evaluations around the metropolitan area and serving as faculty advisor for the new DGSOM asylum clinic, and on Navajo Nation, where she is completing a fellowship in Rural Health Leadership in Shiprock, New Mexico through the Indian Health Service and MGH. The fellowship program involves engaging in a broad spectrum of clinical work, spanning from primary to intensive care, conducting research on trauma-informed approaches to community healthcare, and mentoring medical students and residents. Her research background includes work on human papillomavirus at GHESKIO in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and on gender-based violence with collaborators in New York.

Dr. Emery is excited to be practicing medicine in Los Angeles, a city with a large refugee and immigrant population. She also looks forward to collaborating with other campus entities, including the UCLA School of Public Health and the UCLA School of Law.

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