John Downey, a 2004 Point Scholar, is currently a resident radiologist at Stanford University Medical Center. With a background in public health, John’s current research interests are in minimizing disparities in medicine and increasing access to low-cost, high-quality medical care.
John grew up in a small town in rural Connecticut and attended Amherst College in Massachusetts, graduating summa cum laude. While in college, John spent two summers conducting research at the University of Connecticut and Princeton University. He attended Stanford University School of Medicine and the University of California-Berkeley, School of Public Health for his graduate degrees, and was supported as a the Walter M. Decker Point Scholar by Point Foundation. While at Stanford and Berkeley, his research focused on the obesity epidemic and on minimizing medical errors. His research has been presented at international meetings and published in international medical journals. He completed his medical internship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.
In his leisure time, John enjoys music and opera; prior to attending medical school, he was the assistant conductor of the Amherst Symphony Orchestra.