Rupa Marya, MD is an Associate Professor of Medicine at UCSF and faculty director of the Do No Harm Coalition, an organization of over 450 health workers committed to structural change to address health problems.
At the invitation of Ohlone native community, she served in medical response at the Standing Rock prayer camp, as indigenous people were encountering increasing police violence while protecting their right to clean drinking water. She was invited by Lakota health leaders and elders to help set up a permanent community clinic for the practice of decolonized medicine at Standing Rock—the Mni Wiconi Health Clinic and Farm. Dr. Marya addresses health issues at the nexus of racism and state violence through her medical work and international outreach with her band, Rupa and the April Fishes.
At the request of family and community impacted by the police shooting of Mario Woods, she has conducted national research with Dr Sonja Mackenzie and Liz Kroboth, MPH investigating the health effects of police violence on communities that receive no justice called The Justice Study. She is currently researching the impact of urban regenerative agriculture on the health of historically oppressed people, examining the connection between soil health, human health and inflammation.
She is married to regenerative organic farmer Benjamin Fahrer, and together they are spearheading a statewide initiatives to support farmers transitioning to farming practices that enhance soil biodiversity in order to improve human health, soil health and climate health—the Soil Health is Human Health Initiative.
Rupa is currently working on her first book with co-author Raj Patel, documenting the health impacts of colonialism on our bodies, on the planet and on our societies. She was recently appointed by Governor Newsom to the Healthy California for All Commission where she brings her perspectives on equity to the dialogue around single-payer healthcare in California.