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Julia Kirchner, M.D.

Rutgers New Jersey Medical School; Julia grew up in the beautiful state of New Jersey, and spent summers learning how to backyard garden from her family in Germany. She studied comparative literature and Spanish at Rutgers University. After college, she traveled in South America and Europe before moving to Seattle to serve as an AmeriCorps member. There, she coordinated efforts to increase literacy among elementary school-aged children. This experience was foundational to her understanding of how racism and poverty affect lives. Her commitment to building community and interest in wellness led her to the path of family medicine. Building on the belief in food as medicine instilled by her mother, Julia completed a scholar’s year in farming and nutrition-based medicine in addition to her medical school coursework. Her other interests include LGBT and racial health equity, integrative medicine, sexual health, rural medicine, and innovative models of primary care. Julia loves to grow and preserve food, swim in rivers, be in good company, and play almost all games. She hopes to continue to find ways for the agricultural and medical fields to collaborate in promoting food access and health for all people.

Alumni Year: 2021