Le Van Phuoc, MD, MPH

Le Van Phuoc, MD, MPH

Professor, Vice Dean of Clinical Education, College of Health Sciences

College of Health Sciences


Prof. Le Van Phuoc graduated from Dartmouth College in 2000 with a double major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures. He then matriculated at Stanford Medical School where he earned his MD. During his time at Stanford, Prof. Le also obtained a Master’s of Public Health from the University of California Berkeley with a focus on global health. He completed a combined residency in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Global Health Equity at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital.

Prof. Le is dedicated to creating opportunities all over the world for doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers to better serve vulnerable populations. Most recently, he was a Clinical Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at UCSF. He co-directs the Global Health-Hospital Medicine Fellowship at UCSF. He is also an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health where he directed the Interdisciplinary MPH program. In 2015, he co-founded the HEAL (Health, Equity, Action and Leadership) Initiative, which trains, transforms, and builds a community of healthcare providers to make service to the underserved their lifelong commitment. HEAL operates on Native American reservations and safety net hospitals in the U.S., as well as in some of the poorest villages in Nepal, Haiti, India, Mali, Malawi, Liberia and Mexico. In its first seven years of operation, HEAL became the largest academic global health fellowship in the United States, with over 170 program participants who collectively provide high quality health care to over 1 million underserved people annually. In 2018, he co-founded Arc Health, a public benefit corporation that focuses on physician staffing in underserved areas. Since its founding, Arc Health now operates in 10 states and over 40 health care facilities.

In addition to health equity programs like HEAL and innovations like Arc Health, Prof. Le is passionate about interprofessional medical education. He teaches and trains students including undergraduates, residents, fellows and junior faculty. He has won numerous teaching awards from both UCSF and UC Berkeley. Prof. Le has conversational knowledge of Mandarin, Vietnamese and Spanish.