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RUBY DEHKHARGHANI

Surgical Resident, Harvard Medical School

Ruby Dehkharghani is the daughter of Iranian immigrants. Inspired by her father’s work as a physician, Ruby decided to pursue medicine and graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 2014. Prior to graduation, Ruby worked for the Obama Administration from 2011-2013 within the Office of Presidential Correspondence. She then transitioned to working on Capitol Hill for Congresswoman Kathy Castor, where she assisted in the development of legislation that increased medical residency spots for Florida medical graduates. Her work in public health and policy has also led her to advocate for the Affordable Care Act on Capitol Hill.

During the 2020 Presidential campaign cycle, Ruby worked for President Joe Biden’s campaign in Florida. She served as the Regional Voter Activation Director, and her responsibilities included coordinating events and “get out the vote” strategies. She also served as a co-chair of Doctors for Biden, a group of healthcare professionals working to put patients first and committing to advancing the best of American values, ideals, and health care leadership. Through Doctors for Biden, Ruby was able to coordinate several rallies leading up to early voting at prominent healthcare facilities in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. She also served as the Events Chair for Iranian Americans for Biden. Her responsibilities included coordinating several online, phone-banking events that featured prominent Iranian Americans. Today, Ruby’s passions for healthcare reform and policy drives her research-based work in the public health sector to study the impact of health equity and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on the well-being of the nation’s health. In addition to her work in medicine, Ruby plans to pursue public policy and advocate for healthcare reform.

Ruby is currently focused on health equity within the field of surgery and medicine. She hopes to give back to her hometown of Tampa, Florida by converting her dad’s medical practice into a community health center that serves the under-resourced communities and neighborhoods in need. She would also like to work with the Biden administration by addressing the urgency of healthcare reform and medical disparities in this country. Recently, she relocated back to the DC area and hopes to open her own practice in the DMV area with an emphasis on dermatology and aesthetic medicine. Her future goals emphasize her passion on healthcare policy with a focus on achieving health equity in the medical field so that everyone is granted the same type of affordable, accessible healthcare in this country.

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