Le Van Phuoc

Le Van Phuoc, MD., MPH

College of Health Sciences


Vice Dean for Medical Education


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.

Non-communicable diseases, Child & adolescent health, Education, Human rights & refugee health

  1. Chapter 5 A Tibetan Way of Science: Revisioning Biomedicine as Tibetan Practice. . 2022 Sep 30; 107-126. Adams AV, Dhondup DR, Le LP. .
  2. Structural competency and global health education. Glob Public Health. 2022 03; 17(3):341-362. Harvey M, Neff J, Knight KR, Mukherjee JS, Shamasunder S, Le PV, Tittle R, Jain Y, Carrasco H, Bernal-Serrano D, Goronga T, Holmes SM. PMID: 33351721.
  3. Physician Workforce Partnerships in Rural American Indian/Alaska Native Communities and the Potential of Post-Graduate Fellowships. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2019; 30(2):442-455. Tobey M, Amir O, Beste J, Jung P, Shamasunder S, Tutt M, Shah S, Le P. PMID: 31130529.
  4. Innovative partnerships to advance public health training in community-based academic residency programs. Adv Med Educ Pract. 2017; 8:703-706. Lo JC, Baudendistel TE, Dandekar A, Le PV, Siu S, Blumberg B. PMID: 29056858; PMCID: PMC5635850.
  5. Factors Associated with Hepatitis B Knowledge Among Vietnamese Americans: A Population-Based Survey. J Immigr Minor Health. 2017 08; 19(4):801-808. Chu JN, Le PV, Kennedy CJ, McPhee SJ, Wong C, Stewart SL, Nguyen TT. PMID: 27900593.
  6. Ethics Simulation in Global Health Training (ESIGHT). MedEdPORTAL. 2017 Jun 07; 13:10590. Asao S, Lewis B, Harrison JD, Glass M, Brock TP, Dandu M, Le P. PMID: 30800792; PMCID: PMC6338194.
  7. Initial Outcomes for Program Monitoring of a Novel Multidisciplinary Global Health Fellowship and Global Health Delivery Model. Annals of Global Health. 2017 Apr 7; 83(1):22. Aurrecoechea AA, Tittle TR, Le LP. .
  8. A Trainee-Focused Approach to Program Monitoring in a Novel Multidisciplinary Global Health Fellowship and Global Health Delivery Model. Annals of Global Health. 2017 Apr 7; 83(1):21-22. Aurrecoechea AA, Tittle TR, Le LP. .
  9. Power, potential, and pitfalls in global health academic partnerships: review and reflections on an approach in Nepal. Glob Health Action. 2017; 10(1):1367161. Citrin D, Mehanni S, Acharya B, Wong L, Nirola I, Sherchan R, Gauchan B, Karki KB, Singh DR, Shamasunder S, Le P, Schwarz D, Schwarz R, Dangal B, Dhungana SK, Maru S, Mahar R, Thapa P, Raut A, Adhikari M, Basnett I, Kaluanee SP, Deukmedjian G, Halliday S, Maru D. PMID: 28914185; PMCID: PMC5645653.
  10. Preparing trainees to practice global health equity: the experience from the first year of the Health Equity Action and Leadership (HEAL) initiative. Annals of Global Health. 2016 Aug 20; 82(3):419. Goldman GR, Tittle TR, Waters WA, Lewis LB, Le LP, Shamasunder SS. .
  11. Novel global health fellowship model for anesthesia, obstetrics & gynecology and surgery. Annals of Global Health. 2016 Aug 20; 82(3):534. Lipnick LM, Ayebale AE, Lester LF, Autry AM, Shamasunder SS, Le LP. .
  12. What Are the Ethical Issues Facing Global-Health Trainees Working Overseas? A Multi-Professional Qualitative Study. Healthcare (Basel). 2016 Jul 13; 4(3). Harrison JD, Logar T, Le P, Glass M. PMID: 27417631; PMCID: PMC5041044.
  13. HEAL Initiative. Annals of Global Health. 2015 Mar 12; 81(1):137-138. Asao AS, Lewis LB, Singh SM, Tittle TR, Shamasunder SS, Dandu DM, Lee LH, Le LP. .
  14. Global health bootcamp: An innovative interprofessional course for clinicians dedicated to equitable global health care delivery. Annals of Global Health. 2015 Mar 12; 81(1):60-61. Wu WE, Singh SM, Le LP, Dandu DM, Duderstadt DK, Brock BT, Lewis LB, Lee LH, Shamasunder SS. .
  15. Teaching corner: “first do no harm”: teaching global health ethics to medical trainees through experiential learning. J Bioeth Inq. 2015 Mar; 12(1):69-78. Logar T, Le P, Harrison JD, Glass M. PMID: 25648122.
  16. The role of hospitalists in the Ebola response in the United States and abroad. J Hosp Med. 2015 Jan; 10(1):50-3. Waters A, Wu E, Shamasunder S, Le P. PMID: 25471530.
  17. Teaching global health ethics using simulation: interprofessional training. The Lancet Global Health. 2014 May 1; 2:s5. Shoeb SM, Logar LT, Glass GM, Harrison HJ, Brock BT, James-Ryan JS, Barajas BS, Le LP. .
  18. Haiti: how visiting educators can help the most. Acad Med. 2013 Mar; 88(3):299-300. Archer NM, Le PV. PMID: 23442429.
  19. Global health hospitalists: the fastest growing specialty’s newest niche. J Hosp Med. 2013 Mar; 8(3):162-3. Shoeb M, Le P, Greysen SR. PMID: 23418158.
  20. Le « geste glorieux » du don de sang en unité de travail et les désirs postsocialistes en Chine urbaine. Les enjeux du don de sang dans le monde. 2012 Jan 1; 171. Erwin EK, Adams AV, Le LP. .
  21. Perspective: postearthquake haiti renews the call for global health training in medical education. Acad Med. 2011 Jul; 86(7):889-91. Archer N, Moschovis PP, Le PV, Farmer P. PMID: 21494116.
  22. Glorious Deeds: Work Unit Blood Donation and Postsocialist Desires in Urban China. Body & Society. 2009 Jun 1; 15(2):51-70. Erwin EK, Adams AV, Le LP. .
  23. Preferences for perinatal health communication of women in rural Tibet. J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2009 Jan-Feb; 38(1):108-17. Le PV, Jones-Le E, Bell C, Miller S. PMID: 19208056.
  24. Public health works: blood donation in urban China. Soc Sci Med. 2009 Feb; 68(3):410-8. Adams V, Erwin K, Le PV. PMID: 19058887; PMCID: PMC2770237.
  25. Informed Consent in cross-cultural perspective: clinical research in the Tibetan Autonomous Region, PRC. Cult Med Psychiatry. 2007 Dec; 31(4):445-72. Adams V, Miller S, Craig S, Le PV, Varner M. PMID: 17968637.
  26. The Jade Ribbon Campaign: a model program for community outreach and education to prevent liver cancer in Asian Americans. J Immigr Minor Health. 2009 Aug; 11(4):281-90. Chao SD, Chang ET, Le PV, Prapong W, Kiernan M, So SK. PMID: 17990118.
  27. How to make consent informed: possible lessons from Tibet. IRB. 2007 Nov-Dec; 29(6):7-14. Miller S, Le PV, Craig S, Adams V, Tudor C, Tshomo M, Varner M. PMID: 18237079.
  28. Maternal and neonatal outcomes of hospital vaginal deliveries in Tibet. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2007 Sep; 98(3):217-21. Miller S, Tudor C, Thorsten VR, Craig S, Le P, Wright LL, Varner MW. PMID: 17481630; PMCID: PMC2194809.
  29. Occurrence and overlap of natural disasters, complex emergencies and epidemics during the past decade (1995-2004). Confl Health. 2007 Mar 01; 1:2. Spiegel PB, Le P, Ververs MT, Salama P. PMID: 17411460; PMCID: PMC1847810.
  30. HIV behavioural surveillance surveys in conflict and post-conflict situations: a call for improvement. Glob Public Health. 2006; 1(2):147-56. Spiegel PB, Le PV. PMID: 19153903.

  • M.D. in School of Medicine, Stanford University, 2006
  • MPH in Public Health, UC Berkeley, 2004
  • BA in Biochem/Chinese, Dartmouth College, 2000
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Champion Training, University of California, San Francisco, 2018

  • Edison T. Uno Public Service Award – University of California, San Francisco – 2023
  • Award for Excellence in Humanitarian Services – Society of Hospital Medicine – 2015
  • Top Hospitalist – American College of Physicians – 2015
  • Partners in Excellence Award for Community Service – BWH – 2010
  • Resident Mentorship Award – BWH Dept of Medicine – 2010
  • National Med-Peds Resident’s Association Case Competition Winner – MGH Dept of Pediatrics – 2010
  • Resident Excellence in Teaching Award – MGH Dept of Pediatrics – 2010