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GW Medical Student Harleen Marwah Named one of Grist’s 50 Fixers


Harleen Marwah
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Congratulations to Harleen Marwah, fourth-year medical student at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, who was selected as one of Grist's 50 Fixers for 2021. The nonprofit media organization Grist selects 50 Fixers annually working on fresh solutions to the planet’s biggest problems. Marwah was selected from 1,000+ nominations for her work building a more sustainable world.

Marwah earned the 2020 Health Care Without Harm Emerging Physician Leader Award in recognition of her work founding and leading Medical Students for a Sustainable Future, a community of over 400 medical students in upwards of 80 medical schools taking climate action for health. She also collaborated with the United Nations on the Paris Climate Agreement, attending the COP20 in Lima, Peru and the COP21 in Paris, France.

The Grist 50 is produced by Fix, Grist’s solution lab. Fix explores the world of what’s possible, identifying and celebrating climate and justice leaders, connecting them to each other to deepen their impact, and telling unexpected stories about progress. Leaders on the Grist 50 become members of the Fix network, which convenes Fixers throughout the year. Solutions to help the planet come in many shapes and sizes: exciting technologies, smart campaigns, forward-thinking legislation, innovative products, courageous organizations. Fixers vary, too; they include farmers, entrepreneurs, comedians, activists, scholars, scientists, and more.

“Launching and leading Medical Students for a Sustainable Future and learning from other medical students driving progress has been an honor,” said Marwah. “As I prepare to graduate from medical school in a few months, I am inspired by this growing community that will continue to innovate and create meaningful change.”

Prior to medical school, Marwah earned her MS in global medicine and BS in health promotion and disease prevention from the University of Southern California. She looks forward to starting her residency in pediatrics at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and her career as a pediatrician, working towards a healthier, more just and equitable future for the rising generation.