Nadia Elkarra, MD was born and raised in San Francisco. Her interests in global health and international development led her to pursue her medical degree at the University of Jordan. During her time abroad she served as the Watson-Akil Research Fellow with Microclinic International in collaboration with UC Berkeley, the Jordanian Ministry of Health, and Queen Rania’s Royal Health Awareness Society. Her work involved the use of a microclinic social network model for health care professionals and patients with chronic illnesses in underserved populations. She has provided psychological and behavioral analysis for the Rockefeller Foundation Grant and ASPR (Post Sandy) Grant through her work with NYU's Emergency Medicine Research Department where she also served as a Research Fellow. Her research interests at NYU also included acute illnesses in the pediatric population. She completed a clinical clerkship at NYU/Bellevue Hospital, Department of Emergency Medicine that further ignited her interest in access to care for underserved populations.
After completing medical school she became a Research Associate and later Global Health Programs Consultant with UCSF’s Global Health Sciences Department in the Middle East and North Africa region. She also served as the Director of Research and Analytics for Vassar Brother Medical Center (Health Quest) in New York. Therapeutic areas she has worked on include: cardiology, neurology, oncology, surgery, dermatology, and psychiatry. Nadia brings more than ten years of experience leading translational and clinical research. She has worked on highly complex multisite and digital health research both nationally and globally. She is interested in bridging gaps between healthcare access and technology. She is looking forward to joining SCCR’s efforts to conduct and promote high-impact, innovative clinical research to improve human health.