Prof. of Pediatrics, UCSF, Medical Dir. for Encore Medical Clinic, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, and Kerry's Kids
Christine Ma is a professor of pediatrics at UC San Francisco with a focus on children and families experiencing homelessness. She is the medical director of the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland’s Encore Medical Clinic which serves the unique health needs of unstably housed families. She is also the medical director of Kerry’s Kids, a non-profit pediatric mobile health clinic, providing free health care to children who are homeless, uninsured, and underserved in Alameda County. She is a faculty advisor for the UCSF Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative and co-chairs the Bassuk Center’s National Network to End Family Homelessness’ health committee. Dr. Ma has also focused on community engagement and policies impacting homelessness. She previously served on San Francisco’s Continuum of Care Board, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s mandated lead entity working with the county and community on strategies to address the needs of people experiencing homelessness. She is now on the Leadership Board for Alameda County’s EveryOne Home, collaborating with the systems of care around the county addressing homelessness. She received her S.B. degree in molecular and cellular biology from M.I.T. and her M.D. from UCSF, where she also completed her pediatric residency. She resides in Berkeley with her husband and three children, two who are alums and one who is currently attending Black Pine Circle School.