Dr. Abad was born in Tuguegarao, Philippines. She was raised in San Antonio, Texas where she earned her undergraduate degree in Biology. She completed medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas. Her interests in social determinants of health, community health, and field experience on the United States-Mexico border learning about border health led her to the Yale Internal Medicine-Primary Care Program where she completed residency. Dr. Abad is a board-certified Internal Medicine physician. During residency, the extent of which she saw how occupation, upstream factors, and the built environment contributed to the health of her patients motivated her to pursue a fellowship at the Yale Occupational and Environmental Medicine Program where she is now a second year Clinical Fellow. Her current research is a mixed methods study that investigates the psychosocial impacts of seafaring in communities in the Philippines.
Her clinical and academic interests include the occupational health and safety of vulnerable workers, community advocacy and workers’ rights, heavy metal exposures, and how the built environment- where we live, work, play, learn, and rest affects our physical and mental well-being. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, dog, and cat. She can be seen biking around New Haven, hiking, and canoeing. She loves to cook.
Education & Training
- MDUniversity of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Medicine (2016)
- ResidentYale New Haven Medical Center