Melissa Burroughs Peña is Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at UCSF. Her current research interests include the effect of urban development policy and environmental exposures on cardiovascular disease outcomes. Melissa focuses much of her work in low- and middle-income countries, including research in Peru on the effect of air pollution on cardiac structure and function as a NIH Fogarty Global Health Fellow in 2014.
Melissa received her MD from Harvard Medical School. She completed her residency in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, where she was a Global Health Scholar. She has previously interned at the Pan American Health Organization working on hypertension surveillance in Latin America and the Caribbean. As a cardiology fellow at Duke University, Melissa also was a fellow at the Duke Clinical Research Institute and completed a Master of Science in Global Health at Duke University.