Karen Sokal-Gutierrez is a physician trained in pediatrics, preventive medicine, and public health, with a focus on maternal-child health. She received her BS degree from Yale University, MD from University of California San Francisco, and MPH from University of California Berkeley. She has worked as a physician in community health clinics, public health program administrator, consultant to child care and preschool programs, and writer for a parenting website. She is an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California, Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program and School of Public Health where she teaches medical students, public health graduate students and undergraduate students. Her work focuses on improving early childhood health. She is active in advocacy as a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics; and has worked in global health for over 30 years, including for the past 10 years leading a family of studies on childrenÍs oral health and nutrition in El Salvador, Ecuador, Peru, Vietnam, Nepal and India, in which over 100 volunteer students and health professionals have participated.