Gwendolyn Ruth Harbert, MD
I speak: English
My gender: Female
Where I practice
Hello, and thank you for visiting my Web page! I hope the following information will help you get to know me as a physician and a person.
I was born in Taipei, Taiwan. My father was in the U.S. military and met my mother in Taiwan. My father is African American and my mother is Taiwanese. My multiracial background has allowed me to appreciate and embrace my different cultures. I grew up in San Diego and moved to Los Angeles for my undergraduate and medical degrees, which I did all at UCLA. I was interested in becoming a pediatrician early in my life due to my love of children. As a pediatrician, I enjoy watching my patients grow. Knowing that I help children become healthy human beings is extremely rewarding. I believe that childhood vaccinations prevent severe illness and thus can be lifesaving. Several studies now show no correlation between childhood vaccinations and autism. I will openly discuss this topic with any of my patients’ parents who have concerns about childhood vaccines.
How I thrive
I stay well by walking around my neighborhood with my husband and my son on the weekends. I also enjoy gardening. I love being able to grow vegetables in my garden and then turn around and have them for dinner. My husband says that homegrown food tastes better than store-bought food! I also routinely go to the gym. As physicians, we tell our patients the importance of physical activity and healthy eating—we should be trying to follow our own advice.