Keon Pearson was born in Toledo, Ohio and raised by a strong village including his parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, neighbors, and mentors. His teachers in the public school system recognized his academic talents and invested heavily in him, enrolling him in gifted programs and nurturing his love of science and medicine. He attended St. Francis de Sales High School, a prestigious Catholic Boys School in Toledo, where he graduated as the first African American valedictorian. From St. Francis he went on to study human biology at Harvard College. While in college, he was very active in the arts scene, singing with the Harvard Glee Club and other ensembles. He engaged in research on longevity at the Harvard School of Public Health. He moved westward to study medicine at Stanford, where he also earned an M.B.A.
He plans to complete residency and combine pursue a career oriented around solving our nation’s racial health disparities. His ultimate goal is to empower people to live long and healthy lives regardless of their race or socioeconomic status.