Karen Sokal-Gutierrez MD, MPH is an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health, and the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program where she teaches medical students, public health graduate students and undergraduates. She is a physician trained in pediatrics, preventive medicine, and public health/maternal-child health. Her work focuses on improving early childhood health, and reducing health disparities. She has served as a physician in community health clinics, public health program administrator, consultant to child care and preschool programs, and writer for a parenting website. She has worked in global health for over 30 years, including for the past 10 years directing a family of studies on children’s oral health and nutrition in El Salvador, Ecuador, Peru, Vietnam, Nepal and India. She received her BS degree from Yale University, MD from University of California San Francisco, and MPH from University of California Berkeley; and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
With her deep understanding of maternal and child health, and global experience across many regions, Karen brings fresh perspective on maternal-child health interventions to her role as Bixby Faculty Associate.