Theresa Cheng
Emergency Medicine Resident, UCLA

Theresa Cheng, M.D., J.D., is a native of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in Cognitive Neuroscience. She graduated from Mayo Clinic Medical School and holds a J.D. from University of California, Berkeley School of Law. Theresa specializes in international humanitarian law to become an advocate for marginalized communities so that members of those communities could assert their basic rights to health successfully. She is currently a third-year Emergency Medicine resident at UCLA-Olive View and focuses on social emergency medicine, also known as the incorporation of a patient's social context into routine emergency care. Through her work on human rights and health with UNAIDS and amfAR, she testified in front of the National Congress of Thailand on reproductive rights violations against HIV-positive women in 2013. More recently, she has co-authored a book chapter on Homelessness in Social Injustice and Public Health, ed. 4th. She currently is a medical and legal advocate for asylum-seekers in Mexico, volunteering in street clinics and know-your-rights presentations and has worked with the ACLU on documenting reproductive rights violations in detention centers.

Theresa ultimately hopes to meld clinical practice with legal knowledge and advocacy within Emergency Medicine to become better equipped to address the need for more equitable and accessible healthcare systems in this country and others.