Anastasia Coutinho, M.D., M.P.H.
University of Vermont College of Medicine; Anastasia hails from the “Honeymoon Capital of the World”, Niagara Falls. She studied Physiology and World Religions at McGill University in Montreal, QC Canada, where she was able to explore diverse city living. While at McGill, she had the opportunity to spend a summer working at a hospital in India, which expanded her view of medicine from solely clinical care to the transformation of communities. The experience prompted her pursuance of a public health degree at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where, she continued her love of global health. She was able to work with both ethnic minorities in Bangladesh and youth in Baltimore. The similarities between these two worlds highlighted how the foundational components of community must be strengthened to support the health of its individuals. Anastasia felt that the need for meaningful, individual conversations with patients was where her heart lay and she continued her journey to Burlington, VT for medical school. During this time, she was able to work with newly resettled refugees and spent a year in Burkina Faso, Africa working on a program evaluation for grant funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Her interests in family medicine include obstetrics, palliative care, behavioral health, global health, and medical education. Her vision of healthcare is rooted in social justice and health equity and she is excited about being able to partner with patients in their own journeys. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and eating in community, perusing farmer’s markets, practicing her downward-facing dog, exploring the world (and Santa Rosa!), and expanding her budding skills behind the lens of a camera.
Alumni Year: 2018