Cynthia L. Willard, MD, MPH works with medical students developing a program in asylum medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC that will provide forensic documentation of human rights abuses for asylum seekers in the Los Angeles area. Dr. Willard completed her undergraduate degree at Wesleyan University and then attended Stanford University for her medical degree. She completed her family medicine residency at University of California San Francisco at San Francisco General Hospital, where she was inspired by its mission-driven faculty. After completing her Master’s in public health at the University of California Berkeley, Dr. Willard relocated to Salt Lake City, Utah. There she founded the Utah Health & Human Rights Project with the support of the Echoing Green Foundation.
Since returning to Los Angeles, Dr. Willard worked in community health and is the current Medical Director of Program for Torture Victims in Los Angeles. She has published research on the health consequences of torture, and worked overseas in Albania, Kosovo, Liberia, and Kenya.