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Alumna Works Toward COVID-19 Cure

By Hannah Jacobs, marketing and communications intern
KUSI News featured Lauren Pischel, M.D., ’07 who is on the frontlines of the battle against COVID-19.
Lauren Pischel, M.D., ’07 is an infectious disease clinical fellow at Yale University on the frontlines of COVID-19. She has been working to stress the importance of social distancing during this crucial time in the fight against COVID-19 and has emphasized that doctors can’t social distance, so they need personal protective equipment (PPE), which is being rationed in some health systems. 

During her time at LJCDS, Pischel was a lifer, as well as a standout cross country and track and field athlete. After graduating from LJCDS, she went on to Brown University where she ran cross country and track and earned her bachelor’s in biology. She continued on to Stanford School of Medicine, where she earned her M.D. and is currently an infectious disease fellow at Yale School of Medicine. 

Below is an article published on KUSI News

“By the time Lauren Pischel was done at La Jolla Country, she ran away with two Coastal League championships.

Literally, she put on her cross country shoes and ran away with them – as well as the 2 mile record of 11:11.

“Long distance was my thing,” Pischel said.

The battles these days are similar but different. There’s a long road ahead to beat the coronavirus. But it won’t outrun the clinical fellow at the Yale School of Medicine. Work being done now can change what the world looks like soon.

In the meantime, Pischel will speak her mind, with her work on social distancing being published in the New Haven Register.

“You have to focus on what you can do as an individual,” Pischel said. “It seems counterintuitive to say ‘I’m just staying at home,’ but that’s what you have to do.”

Watch the interview on KUSI News.


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