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Carisa R. Champion, DO, JD, MPH

Carisa R. Champion, DO, JD, MPH, “Television and Medicine,” is a general surgery resident physician at UF Health in Jacksonville, Florida, and an adjunct professor at Nova Southeastern University teaching professional ethics and health law. A graduate of Florida State University in Tallahassee, she is the first physician to go to medical school and law school at the same time while simultaneously pursuing a master’s in public health, all from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Champion has Pennsylvania ties, completing her first few years of general surgery residency at Suburban Community Hospital in Norristown, before transitioning UF Health. While in Pennsylvania, she served on POMA’s Mental Health Task Force and as a representative from Suburban Community Hospital on the Professional Guidance/Young Physician committee. Dr. Champion is a former Training in Policy Studies (TIPS) Fellow. She has been involved in the formation of many health policies, has served as a White House intern, and worked with the Department of Health and Human Services on health-related initiatives. She also served as the Lead of Patient Education for Care Access Research, working on the front lines of testing a new FDA approved monocolonal antibody to treat COVID-19. Dr. Champion recently finished her surgical communications fellowship with Grey's Anatomy where she highlighted COVID testing and treatment disparities for the TV show's current season. Current president of the Health First Coalition, she has served on many national boards, including the American Osteopathic Association, the Academic Consortium on Criminal Justice Health, the DO Care Medical Mission Board, and chairing the Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents and the Omega Beta Iota National Osteopathic Political Action Honor Society. Dr. Champion is passionate about the intersection of medicine, media, law, and policy, and continues to advocate for patients locally and nationally. She has provided no disclosures.