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Harriet Lane Pediatrician Named White House Fellow

June 24, 2010
Rachel Thornton MD PhD

Rachel Thornton, M.D., Ph.D.

An assistant professor in General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at Hopkins Children’s, Rachel Thornton has been named a White House Fellow. The White House announced its 2010-2011 class of 13 Fellows on June 22.  


As a pediatrician, Thornton cares for children in Hopkins Children’s Harriet Lane clinic, whose patients and families are drawn from the neighboring East Baltimore community. A researcher, as well, she examines racial and ethnic disparities in health and health care, with a focus on childhood obesity.  


The Pikesville, Md. resident is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of New York University College of Arts and Sciences, where she was also named valedictorian of her class. Born and raised in Oakland, Ca., Thornton received her medical degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and her Ph.D. in Health Policy and Management from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  


Thornton joined the faculty in the Department of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins after completing her residency in pediatrics at Hopkins Children’s and a postdoctoral fellowship in its Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine focused on behavioral aspects of heart and vascular disease.  While a student at Johns Hopkins, she has participated in medical and educational missions to Ghana and Cuba.  


The White House Fellows Program was created in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson to give promising American leaders “first hand, high-level experience with the workings of the Federal government, and to increase their sense of participation in national affairs.”  


During their year-long tenure, White House Fellows take part in an educational program designed to broaden their knowledge of leadership, policy formulation, military operations and current affairs. And they participate in service projects throughout the year in the Washington, D.C., area.  

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