Nadine Burke Harris
1975 (age 41–42)
CEO, Center for Youth Wellness, San Francisco
Arno Harris (spouse)
Adverse childhood experiences
Nadine Burke Harris (born 1975, Vancouver, Canada) is an American pediatrician. She is known for linking adverse childhood experiences and toxic stress with harmful effects to health later on in life. She is an advisory council member for Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Clinton Foundation’s Too Small to Fail campaign, and the Founder and chief executive officer of the Center for Youth Wellness. Hailed as a pioneer in the treatment of toxic stress, her work has been featured in Paul Tough’s book How Children Succeed.
2 Early career
5 Committee appointments
7 Selected works
9 External links
Burke Harris received her medical degree from the University of California, Davis. Following her master’s degree in public health from Harvard, she went on to serve a residency at Stanford in pediatrics.
Her graduate studies were supported by The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans.
In 2005, Burke Harris joined the California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) staff, tasked with the goal of developing programs to end health disparities in San Francisco. While at Harvard, Burke Harris identified access to health care as a key component of the health disparity in San Francisco. In 2007, with support from CPMC, she became the founding physician of the Bayview Child Health Center and medical director of the new clinic.
In 2008, after reading “The Relationship of Adverse Childhood Experiences to Adult Health: Turning Gold Into Lead,” by Vincent J. Felitti, Burke Harris realized that her patients’ traumatic experiences were having a negative impact on their present and future health.
In 2011, she was appointed by the American Academy of Pediatrics to the Project Advisory Committee for the Resilience Project.
From 2010 to 2012, Burke Harris, along with colleagues Daniel Lurie from Tipping Point Foundation, Kamala Harris, Victor G. Carrion, Lenore Anderson, Lisa Pritzker and Katie Albright, founded the Adverse Childhood Experiences project in the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood in San Francisco. From this effort, t