Episode 215: Vaccine Hesitancy – with Dr. Davis and Dr. Villela


CPSolvers team members Rafael Medina and Simone Vais take a moment to reflect on what is going on in the world of medicine focusing on vaccine uptake with two incredible experts on the matter about what their experiences have been.


Dr. Matifadza Hlatshwayo Davis.

Dr. Davis is the Director of Health for the City of St. Louis. Dr. Hlatshwayo Davis received her medical degree from Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and a Master’s in Public Health Degree from Case Western Reserve University. She completed her internal medicine residency at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. She went on to complete her Infectious Diseases fellowship at the Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM), also completing a one year HIV fellowship and a Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) fellowship. She has held many, many positions throughout her illustrious career in medicine. Dr. Hlatshwayo Davis is now a national and international medical contributor on COVID-19 with a particular focus on marginalized populations, as well as the Director of Health for the city of St. Louis (among much else). Her career passions include community engagement, the care of people living with HIV and the impact of COVID-19 infection in marginalized populations. 


Dr. Teresa Villela

Dr. Villela is a graduate of Tucson High School, Yale University, and the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. She currently serves as Chief of Family and Community Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital and is Professor and Vice Chair in the UCSF Department of Family and Community Medicine.

Her interests include chronic illness care, family medicine education, reproductive health, health of Latinxs in the U.S., and health care disparities.  Her clinical practice includes inpatient adult medicine, short-term nursing home care, and ambulatory family medicine. She lives with her partner in the Mission district of San Francisco; they have a daughter who is a junior in college. All three are vaccinated against COVID and 2 of 3 have had boosters.