As vice president and chief health equity officer for Cedars-Sinai, Dr. Christina Harris guides Cedars-Sinai's ongoing efforts to promote health equity, address health disparities and foster wellness across the organization and the communities we serve.
Dr. Harris has spent much of her career focused on enhancing diversity and inclusion in medical training. Originally from San Diego, she attended Harvard Medical School and completed a primary care residency at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City. She began her career as an internist at a federally qualified health center in New York City that serves the largest public housing community in the country. After 14 years on the East Coast, she returned to Southern California in 2013 to join the faculty at UCLA. Harris worked as associate program director in the UCLA Internal Medicine Residency Program and as associate vice chair of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) for the UCLA Department of Medicine, a position she advocated for and created.
Within the Office of EDI at UCLA, Dr. Harris played an integral leadership role advancing health equity by developing infrastructure to expand workforce diversity, facilitating inclusion and identifying opportunities to expand care for patients with Medi-Cal. She co-chaired the UCLA School of Medicine's COVID-19 Health Equity Research and Advisory Task Force and is a member of both the Dean's Office Advisory Committee for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and the UCLA Health System Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board.
Dr. Harris is a primary care physician and has spent her career caring for historically marginalized patient populations in New York City and more recently at the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Outside the hospital, she enjoys playing basketball, fixing things around the house and playing games with her daughters.