Neil Wingkun is a joint degree M.D. M.P.H. candidate at the University of Florida College of Medicine and the Harvard School of Public Health. He graduated from Washington University with majors in biology and political science. Following college, Neil pursued a Fulbright Scholarship in the Philippines, to study family planning and contraception knowledge and usage among Filipino men. While abroad, he worked to improve awareness and access to contraception through the Department of Health. He also assisted a microfinance organization in Manila to develop a low-cost pharmacy in one of the city’s most vulnerable areas. In medical school, he served in the Equal Access Mobile Clinic to provide free medical care to rural communities in Alachua County.
He is interested in addressing barriers to access to healthcare and quality improvement within nonprofit healthcare organizations. He is currently working on a project at Massachusetts General Hospital to improve predictors of mortality in stroke patients. As a Florida native, he enjoys long walks on the beach (seriously), road biking, frisbee, and grilling. Following his public health and residency training, he hopes to practice medicine for underserved communities.