Ashwini Lakshmanan’s, MD, MS, MPH passion has been to address health equityin the field of perinatal-neonatal medicineand to improve health equity and access to care for families. Dr. Lakshmanan earned a dual degree B.S./B.A. at the University of Southern California. Upon graduation, she entered the USC Keck School of Medicine. She then completed a pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) in 2008 where she also completed a Chief Residency year in 2009. To develop her ability to perform health services research, she entered the Harvard-wide Pediatric Health Services Research fellowship, which provides a highly structured mentorship, and a Masters in Public Health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. This nicely complemented her clinical training in the Harvard Neonatal Perinatal Medicine Fellowship program. She then completed an additional Masters in Science from the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California. In recognition of her training, Dr. Lakshmanan was recruited to the University of Southern California (USC) Keck School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Fetal and Neonatal Institute. Dr. Lakshmanan is currentlyAssociate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine, Section Head for Epidemiology and Outcomesand Director of the Laboratory for Neonatal and Infant Health Outcomes. She alsoholdsseveralnationalleadershippositionssuch as the Chair of the Academic Pediatric Association’s Qualitative Research Group, Chair of thePerinatal Quality Improvement Panel Education Committee and Leader in the Health Equity Taskforce for theCalifornia Perinatal Quality Care Collaborative (CPQCC). As part of CPQCC since 2018, shehas been a speaker at Improvement Palooza in 2019 and 2021, has been part of the Education Committee since 2019,and part of the Improvement Palooza conference planning committee since 2020. She assumed the position of Chairpersonfor the Education Committeein 2021.