Beirut, Mount Lebanon, Lebanon
Charbel Bou-Khalil, from Beirut, Lebanon, is pursuing an MD and a master’s degree in community health and prevention research at Stanford School of Medicine. He attended Orange Coast College before transferring to the University of California, Los Angeles, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in biology and a minor in biomedical research. Charbel aspires to address health inequities through community-engaged initiatives centering the voices of marginalized populations. During his time at Stanford, Charbel has engaged in health data disaggregation to elucidate insights regarding health status of minority communities that would otherwise be diluted in aggregated big data analyses. This work has helped uncover clinically significant disparities in age at diagnosis of autism for Arab American children, and disparities in unmet needs of the local patient population at Stanford’s free clinics. Charbel also helped lead efforts to integrate climate change education into the medical school curriculum as part of the Stanford Climate and Health student organization.