Sarah Chen


Sarah grew up in Santa Cruz, California. She received her BS in Health Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a graduate certificate in Science Illustration at California State University, Monterey Bay. Sarah is currently pursuing her masters in Medical and Biological Illustration at Johns Hopkins University, while on hiatus from the MD program at UC Davis School of Medicine. As a child, Sarah could never choose between being an artist or a doctor, and now she’s thrilled to be immersed in both disciplines in pursuit of a hybrid career.

In her spare time, Sarah enjoys traveling abroad, painting her nails, coercing her friends to join her at the gym, and martial arts. She is enamored with the color red, and can be seen in the clinic sporting her bright red stethoscope.

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University of California, Davis School of Medicine
MD, Expected 2019

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine,
Department of Art as Applied to Medicine, Baltimore, MD
Master of Arts in Medical and Biological Illustration, Expected 2017

California State University, Monterey Bay
Graduate Certificate in Science Illustration, 2011

University of California, Santa Cruz
BS Health Sciences, 2010

Experience & Activities

Johns Hopkins Hospital, Heart and Vascular Institute
Baltimore, MD, 2016

National Aquarium
Baltimore, MD, 2016

Graphic Designer and Illustrator
UC Davis Family Medicine Residency Network
Sacramento, CA, 2013-2015

Math and Science Tutor
Santa Cruz, CA 2008-10


  • Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI), Student Member
  • American Medical Association (AMA), Student Member


The Association of Medical Illustrators
2016    Orville Parkes Student Best of Show, AMI 71st Annual Salon
2016     Award of Excellence, AMI 71st Annual Salon

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
2016-17     The Frank H. Netter, M.D. Memorial Scholarship in Medical Art
2016           W.B. Saunders Company Fellowship in Art as Applied to Medicine
2015-16     Ranice W. Crosby Scholarship           
2015-16     William P. Didusch Scholarship       

University of California, Davis School of Medicine
2014         Medical Student Research Fellowship, Department of Surgery

University of California, Santa Cruz
2008-10      UC Regents Scholarship
2008           The National Society of Collegiate Scholars Merit Award


  • Association of Medical Illustrators, Annual Salon Exhibition, Atlanta, Georgia, 2016
  • UC Davis School of Medicine Poster Day 2015, Sacramento, California, 2015
  • Illustrating Nature, Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, Pacific Grove, California 2011