California Endowment Scholars in Health Policy at Harvard University - Scholars Bios
MONICA LE, MD, MPH
Associate Medical Director, Office of Clinical Affairs, Commonwealth Medicine,
Center for Health Policy and Research, Quincy, MA
Dr. Le is a Family Medicine physician whose experiences range from working in the Los Angeles county health system to international work in Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Nepal, and Honduras. She received the Pedro Zamora Fellowship, which is awarded to youth leaders with potential in political advocacy as well as the Harbor UCLA Department of Family Medicine 2005 Community Service Award, given to a graduating resident who demonstrates compassion and dedication to the underserved. Dr. Le, along with two other colleagues from MIT and the Harvard Kennedy School, founded a company (Ghonsla) using green technology to combat poverty, indoor air pollution, and deforestation. Ghonsla won the 2008 MIT IDEAS Competition Muhammad Yunus Award and has incorporated and is operating in Pakistan. Dr. Le is also a Board Member of the nonprofit Himalayan HealthCare, which operates medical trekking missions, supports social enterprise (employing nearly 1,000 women in the eco-friendly handicraft trade), and is operating a hospital for the rural poor in Nepal. Domestically Dr. Le continues to seek quality and currently serves as Associate Medical Director for the Office of Clinical Affairs of UMASS Medical School Commonwealth Medicine, working directly to support the Massachusetts Medicaid program. In this position, she is able to impact multiple aspects of health policy in the state, including serving on the statewide commission for Postpartum Depression. Dr. Le understands the importance of staying close to the community while working in health policy, and also works as an emergency medicine physician at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center. Dr. Le received her medical degree from New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY in 2002, and completed her residency in Family Medicine and Faculty Development Fellowship at Harbor UCLA, Department of Family Medicine, Torrance, CA in 2006.