Christine Thorburn '92
Christine was born and raised in eastern Iowa. She attended Grinnell College and received her Bachelor of Arts degree with Chemistry Major in 1992. The following year she completed a Fulbright Fellowship in Nepal with focus on the beliefs and practices of caregivers of children with diarrheal disease. Then, she completed medical school at Stanford University in 1999 and went on for Internal Medicine Residency and Rheumatology Fellowship, also at Stanford University School of Medicine. After a post-doctoral research fellowship in the genetic epidemiology of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus at University of California San Francisco, she opted to enter private clinical practice at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation in 2006 where she continues to care for patients in Rheumatology. She is now also a Board Member of the large multispecialty group practice and Medical Director of the affiliated research institute. Along the way, she started road cycling racing in 1998 during medical school and ultimately competed for the United States in the summer Olympics in Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 where she competed in both the road race and individual time trial. She finished just out of the medals in her better event, the time trial, both years, achieving 4th in 2004 and 5th in 2008. Cycling remains an important part of her life with her husband Ted Huang, with whom they share hours of exercise and vacation by bicycle. They also enjoy relaxing at home with their two canine children, Bella and Phoebe.