Dr. Michelle Ann Eala earned her MD from the University of the Philippines under its accelerated medical program, INTARMED, which selects the top 40 candidates across the country straight out of high school. She served as Class President throughout medical school and graduated with the university’s Leadership Award. She completed a medical internship at the Philippine General Hospital, the country’s national university hospital and its largest tertiary referral center. Dr. Eala worked as a volunteer physician during the COVID-19 pandemic, providing free medical consultations under the Office of the Vice President of the Philippines, and was co-lead in the setup of the COVID-19 operations center at the Philippine General Hospital. Prior to starting radiation oncology residency at UCLA, she completed a preliminary internship at Metropolitan Hospital Center in New York and worked with the Lancet Commission on Women and Cancer. Having served patients and communities living in poverty, her research interests include improving the quality and accessibility of cancer care across the globe, especially in low- and middle-income countries.