Cerdeña, Jessica, M.D., Ph.D.


Mahwah, New Jersey


Washington University in St. Louis

Graduate Study

Yale University

Medical School

Yale University School of Medicine





Cerdeña, Jessica, M.D., Ph.D.
Why did I choose Middlesex?

Middlesex has always been my dream program. With medicine constantly evolving to include new knowledge and technology, I felt the four-year curriculum would equip me to meet the diverse needs of patients. Having lived in Connecticut for almost a decade, I saw training at Middlesex as an opportunity to strengthen my community connections in the place I now call home. The residents at Middlesex also seemed genuinely happy, which assured me that the program values personal as well as professional growth.

About my track and future goals…

As a physician-anthropologist, I aspire to advance health justice through scholarship, clinical practice, and policy advocacy. I am considering a personalized track in Community Medicine and Maternal-Child Health, focusing on addressing health inequities faced by migrant communities, racially and economically oppressed populations, and birthing people.

When I’m not on call I’m…

Playing outside with my children, experimenting in the kitchen on a new plant-based meal, reading a novel, finishing my daily crossword puzzle, or sampling the best of Connecticut dining on date night with my husband!

A fun fact or two about me…

I have a quirk when it comes to drinking water: I only like to drink from full glasses. You could say I’m a glass-half-full kind of person! This weirdness coincidentally reflects my approach to self-care in a caring profession—I believe you can’t pour from an empty cup, so I always refill mine!