Hannah Kazal, MD, ScM
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University; Hannah was born in Houston, TX, raised on the Navajo Reservation with her brother and sister, and eventually their wanderlust parents settled them in New Hampshire. In the North Country, she waited tables, served coffee to undergrads, and learned to love snow. Hannah studied sociology and Hispanic studies in college, which led her to a job in the Family Medicine department at an FQCHC in Lawrence, MA. Prior to medical school, Hannah became a doula for Lawrence’s predominantly Spanish-speaking mothers, and her network remains connected through baby photos and texts, Lawrence’s strength in community medicine, her experiences abroad in Guatemala and Kenya, and her father’s impactful career as a rural family physician inspired her to apply to medical school.
She received a joint MD-ScM degree at Brown University (M.A. in Primary Care-Population Medicine), where she became dedicated to patients at the state prison, communities living with substance-use-disorders, patients living with HIV, and under-resourced perinatal mothers. Throughout medical school, Hannah also volunteered at Brown’s student-run free clinic, served as a TA/fellow, and completed her master’s thesis titled: Stories of Birth, Support and Perinatal Emotional Health from Minority, Adolescent Mothers. Given her love of advocacy and broad set of interests—obstetrics; substance-use-disorder treatment; HIV care; incarceration health; and bread-and-butter family and community medicine—Hannah is humbled to be joining the broad-spectrum Family Medicine world! Hannah loves jogging with her dogs, and she’s become recently obsessed with reading each and every one of David Sedaris’s works- though her favorite read remains: Born A Crime. She also adores cooking and eating spicy food with her husband.