I look at how policy, healthcare, and our social structure are interconnected, particularly how structural and institutional racism shape health and healthcare systems. I’ve conducted research on a variety of topics, including the healthcare safety net, social structural inequities and impacts on aging, Medicaid, long-term care, access to healthcare for minority populations, diversity in medical education, and the healthcare workforce.

I have an MD and a PhD in health policy and management, meaning I’ll be a student forever.  I find pretty much everything interesting, from California history to groundwater management to the sociology of other disciplines to YA fantasy fiction to the organizing power of BTS ARMY.

For those interested in something “official”:



@michelleko2d (bluesky, instagram…for now)