Joshua Jean, MD


I was born and raised in Silver Spring, MD a suburb of Washington D.C and grew up traveling up and down the east coast to visit family. My main childhood activity I would have to say was video games, however that changed drastically midway through college. I spent that spring break volunteering in Haiti in 2010 following the earthquake and returned with a greater appreciation with how people dealt with limited resources.
Since then I have been an adamant supporter of learning to live with less. Some people call it being a minimalist, some people call it being frugal, but either way it’s the way I live. All of us can learn a great deal from societies that deal with limited resources, particularly in regards to healthcare. Since that trip to Haiti in 2010 I have been on three other medical service trips to Port-au-Prince Haiti, Gondar Ethiopia, and Cap-Haitien Haiti. I look forward to doing more in the future.
I spend any free time reading history and planning/going on solo backpacking trips with an emphasis on places with historic sites, wildlife, or great landscapes. Some places I backpacked include Cusco Peru, Costa Rica, Ecuador, The Galapagos Islands, and most recently Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. If I'm not doing either of those I'm running with music, sharing my travel photos, or telling people the joys of budgeting/saving.
I was glad to come to this program where there would be opportunities in Global Health, a large refugee population, and a large Spanish speaking population. All of these things in addition to a less crowded environment than the east coast have made Tucson great.
I plan on eventually managing a private practice.

  • MD: Howard University College of Medicine
  • BS: University of Maryland