Yvorn Aswad is a second year medical student in the Charles Drew/UCLA Medical Education Program at the David Geffen School of Medicine. A native of South Los Angeles and Stanford alumnus, he has a focus on health disparities that impact low-income communities of color. His particular research focuses on the role trauma has on the somatic and psychiatric outcomes of patients. He is a research assistant in the UCLA Center for Culture, Trauma, and Mental Health Disparities and hopes to be able to translate the work of the group’s research to an adolescent population.
He currently is a part of the UCLA Justice Work Group, bringing youth empowerment material to the juveniles in the Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall. Additionally, he is the community service liaison for the Drew/UCLA Chapter of the Student National Medical Association, whose service commitment for the year is to serving the incarcerated. He is also an active collaborator with the White Coats for Black Lives movement.
Ultimately, Yvorn is preparing to be a pediatrician-psychiatrist through a Triple Board Residency program in order to continue addressing the interplay of psychiatric and somatic disorders. He hopes to integrate writing and arts into his practice.