Dr. Lina Miyakawa ’04
2022 Samuel Chapman Armstrong Humanitarian Awardee
Dr. Lina Miyakawa was at the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in New York City working as a pulmonologist and critical care physician in the spring of 2020. She treated patients while teaching medical students at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, as well as spent time mentoring medical residents and fellows.
She is passionate about diversity, equity and inclusion in the medical field and has been active in building a culture for fellows that is equitable and fair for all, including a recruitment process that manages biases.
In 2021, Miyakawa and colleague fostered a partnership with a community-based fitness group called Harlem Run as a way to bridge the gap between healthcare workers and the community they serve. The doctors have sponsored an initiative called ‘Walk Together, Talk Together,’ where healthcare workers join a weekly walking/running group led by a Harlem Run coach. They’ve also started a Health Education Series which offer webinars focused on public health concerns. Miyakawa was featured in the series’ first webinar about COVID-19.
A recognized leader in the pandemic, she has been a featured speaker at various national webinars and conferences and in Hawaii and national publications regarding the coronavirus pandemic.