Jude Alawa

Jude is currently a third-year medical student at the Stanford School of Medicine and will be starting his MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of Business this fall.  He is a recipient of the Knight-Hennessy Scholarship.  

Jude graduated from Yale University with a BS in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and BA Global Affairs. He also earned a certificate in Global Health Studies. While at Yale, he was we recipient of the James Andrew Haas Prize, along with the Rotary Scholarship. Jude also completed an MPhil in Public Health at the University of Cambridge as a Fox Fellow. 

Jude’s passion for improving access to quality healthcare comes from his own experiences growing up in Miami, Florida as part of an immigrant family from Damascus, Syria. Having witnessed health disparities in Miami for marginalized communities and the impact of war on healthcare in Syria, he developed a deep understanding of the devastation of poor health, which has served as a foundation for his interests in healthcare. Jude has held many roles in service of this interest including President of the Yale Rotaract Club, Director of Sahha Wa Salaam (Arabic for “Health and Peace”), an organization dedicated to providing water purification devices to Syrian refugee camps, and Co-Founder of the Stanford Asylum Collaborative.  

As a researcher, Jude led teams in Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, and Somalia, to publish studies on the health needs of refugees, and create programs to address these needs, such as the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. More recently, Jude worked with teams based out of Syria to pilot a low-cost medical device called PragmaVac, to improve health outcomes for patients suffering from traumatic or chronic wounds in conflict-affected settings.  

At the international level, Jude consulted for the European Union’s Delegation to Syria on entry points to invest in strengthening the Syrian healthcare system and worked with Pharos Global Health to advise health ministries on strategies to improve hepatitis prevention and nutritional interventions. He has worked with the National Health Service to implement a new model of community healthcare and with the Council on Foreign Relations to write numerous advisory reports on healthcare reform in different countries. 

As an aspiring physician-advocate and leader, Jude will advocate for cost-effective, sustainable, and patient-centric interventions that bolster health systems and increase access to high quality health services – both here in the United States and abroad. 

Jude loves to watch and play basketball, spend time outdoors, ski, and make music. He plays the piano and viola.