Matt De Niear

M.D. / PhD. | Medicine

I grew up in Mahwah, New Jersey, just outside of New York City prior to attending Davidson College in North Carolina where I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience. Following college, I continued on to Vanderbilt University to pursue dual MD and PhD degrees as part of the Medical Scientist Training Program. I received my PhD in Neuroscience in 2016 and I am presently completing the last year of my MD program.

While at Davidson, I was part of the Bonner Scholars Program, a program that supports students to bring about positive community change through service to the community. While at Davidson, I observed how economic forces affected communities. It was also during this time that I first learned about market-based approaches to poverty alleviation and social entrepreneurship. At Vanderbilt, I became involved with the TFC through participating in case competitions like the Hult Prize. Over the past year, I have worked with the TFC to address the needs of the local community by facilitating a partnership between the TFC, and Shade Tree Clinic, a free clinic run by Vanderbilt medical students.  I hope to continue building a bridge between the business and medical communities to address issues of poverty and access to healthcare as a member of the TFC programming board.


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