Megan Townsend

Megan Townsend, HMS

Megan Townsend, HMS

Megan is a second-year MD candidate at Harvard Medical School with strong interests in pediatrics, health disparities, and community health. Megan graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Wellesley College in 2011 with a B.A. in Biology. While she was an undergraduate, Megan was an Inaugural Fellow at the Madeleine Albright Institute for Global Affairs, a Katherine Malone Scholar, and a captain for the Wellesley College Softball Team. Following graduation, Megan volunteered with the Peace Corps in Guinea, West Africa, from 2011-2014. She was the receipt of two Special Project Assistance Grants from USAID for community health projects in her villages and chaired the Volunteer Advisory Committee for Peace Corps Guinea. Megan’s work focused on the promotion of healthy habits, general health education, and the prevention of malaria and diarrheal diseases. The strength and courage of Megan’s host country counterparts in Guinea cemented Megan’s commitment to grassroots activism and global health equity. Megan entered medical school in 2014 and most recently completed a research project in Navajo Nation on community organizing and mobilization around cancer care. In her free time, Megan loves live music, hiking, and running.