LGBT Advocacy Coordinator

August 21, 2019

Jimmy Ding is a second-year medical student at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of Texas at Austin. As a former volunteer at the Trevor Project, a LGBTQ youth crisis hotline, Jimmy saw first-hand the effects of LGBTQ health disparities. These experiences inspired Jimmy to dedicate his career to directly addressing these disparities as a physician. Driven by a desire to serve LGBTQ patients more directly, Jimmy served as a research assistant at the Vanderbilt Program for LGBTI Health. There, he coordinated the Trans Buddy Program, which provides support for transgender patients seeking health care at Vanderbilt. He also currently serves as co-chair of Penn Med Pride, his school’s LGBTQ student affinity group. Using the insights gained through his LGBTQ work, Jimmy hopes to use his platform as a physician to ameliorate LGBTQ health disparities by specializing in disparities research and health education reform.