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University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine
John M. DeCiccio Point Scholar
Jimmy Ding is a medical student at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Born and raised in Texas, Jimmy has had firsthand experience with health care discrimination in his conservative hometown. When he started volunteering for the Trevor Project, he saw how his experience fit into a broader pattern of LGBTQ folks facing obstacles in finding decent health care. These experiences inspired Jimmy to dedicate his career to directly addressing these disparities as a physician. To prepare for a career in medicine, Jimmy studied Biology at the University of Texas at Austin, where he honed his leadership skills as a Dean's Scholars Honors Program leader and Resident Assistant. He was also selected as a Lead Volunteer for the Trevor Project in 2016 and as a UT Outstanding Student Health Leader in 2017. Driven by a desire to serve LGBTQ patients more directly, Jimmy served as a research assistant at the Vanderbilt Program for LGBTI Health. There, he coordinated the Trans Buddy Program, which provides support for transgender patients seeking health care at Vanderbilt. He also conducted research with the program, publishing the first known manuscript addressing health system-wide quality improvement models for transgender health care. Using the insights gained through his LGBTQ work and experience as a queer Asian-American, Jimmy plans to work at the frontiers of LGBTQ health care, directly ameliorating LGBTQ health disparities and specializing in disparities research and health education reform.