Advancing the Vaccine Law Dialogue

Pre-conference: September 13 Washington, D.C.

Richard Pan

Richard Pan

M.D., MPH, Former State Senator, California


Richard Pan, MD, MPH is a pediatrician, former UC Davis educator and former California State Senator representing the Sacramento region. Dr. Pan authored landmark legislation abolishing non-medical exemptions for school vaccinations and establishing public health oversight to halt fraudulent medical exemptions. 

TIME Magazine called Dr. Pan a ‘hero’ for braving death threats and harassment when passing his vaccination legislation. He also championed numerous public health efforts including California’s pandemic response and health care reforms reducing the number of uninsured Californians by over half. 

Dr. Pan practices as a volunteer pediatrician at the Sacramento County Primary Care Center. Dr. Pan earned his Bachelor of Arts in Biophysics from Johns Hopkins University, a Medical Doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Master of Public Health from Harvard University. He completed his pediatric residency and served as Chief Resident at Massachusetts General Hospital and a fellowship in child advocacy and health services research at Children’s Hospital in Boston.