LaShyra Nolen

February 11, 2023 | secon2023

Born and raised in Southern California, LaShyra “Lash” is a writer, activist, and dual-degree MD/MPP student at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she is serving as student council president of her medical school class—the first documented Black woman to hold this leadership position. A fervent advocate for marginalized populations, her voice has been featured in the New England Journal of Medicine, Health Affairs, and NPR, among others. She is also a co-host of the Clinical Problem Solvers Anti-Racism in Medicine Podcast and a served as a member of the White House Health Equity Roundtable. During the COVID-19 pandemic she founded We Got Us, a grassroots community empowerment project with the mission to increase access to education and healing for marginalized communities.

Her work has earned her the honor of being named a Forbes “30 Under 30” Leader in Healthcare, the 2020 National Minority Quality Forum’s youngest “40 under 40 Leader in Minority Health”, a Boston Celtics “Hero Among Us”, and a Rock Health “Top 50 Leader in Digital Health”.  In her future she hopes to use policy, writing, and medical education reform as tools to impact the health of her future patients and community as a physician activist and public leader.