Heather Chen, MD


I was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, but moved to Connecticut when I was 11 and then Northern California at 14 (I’m pretty used to moving around at this point). I attended the University of California, Berkeley and discovered pathology through a homework assignment in a 1-unit college class called “Pre-Med 101”. From there, I shadowed at neuropathologist at the University of California, San Francisco and worked in a breast cancer research lab for two summers. I graduated with a degree in Integrative Biology and a minor in Scandinavian Studies. After graduation, I worked for a year at Theranos and left for medical school before the meteoric rise and equally epic fall. I returned to Kalamazoo to be a part of the inaugural class at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker, MD School of Medicine. I was pretty sure that I was going to be a pathologist and established the Pathology Association of WMed. In addition, I am an active member of the American Medical Women’s Association. I have been the Region Director for the medical school branch and currently serve at a co-awards chair for the resident branch. In my free time, I enjoy rock climbing, going to concerts and music festivals, hiking, biking, yoga, trying craft beers, and the occasional trivia game. My top foods are tacos and noodle soups.