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Wendy Dryden, M.D.

Virginia Commonwealth University; Wendy grew up just east of the Oakland Hills in Orinda, California. After two years at UC San Diego, and a semester detour through Córdoba, Spain, she finished her undergraduate degree at UC Berkeley. While studying Cultural Geography, Wendy marveled at how the accident of one’s birth often predicted the trajectory of one’s life; she knew that she would dedicate her career to improving the lives of others. Prior to medical school, she worked for an internist in Berkeley and in adolescent medicine research at UCSF. She also translated surgical consults while on medical missions in Mexico and chaperoned teens on international service-learning trips. She chose to attend the Medical College of Virginia (aka VCU for college basketball fans) because of its honors track for students who wish to work with medically underserved populations. She enjoys traveling, speaking Spanish, playing with her dog, craft beer, the outdoors, and all foods. Although she has loved the fall colors and southern hospitality in Virginia, Wendy is delighted to be returning home.

Alumni Year: 2016