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Nadine Burke Harris

Nadine Burke Harris

Surgeon General of California
Nadine Burke Harris

Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris, who is known for her work on the adverse health effects of childhood trauma, became the first surgeon general of California in February 2019.

Burke Harris gave a TED talk on the subject of childhood trauma in 2015, then followed that with the enormously influential book The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity, which was published in 2018. She is also the founder of the San Francisco-based Center for Youth Wellness, a clinic dedicated to treating children who are exposed to toxic stress. For the past six years, she served as its CEO, until newly elected California governor Gavin Newsom named her the state’s surgeon general.

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