Jasmine Zapata, MD, MPH is an award winning author, speaker, health empowerment champion, and physician known both locally and internationally. She is a board certified practicing pediatrician as well as board certified preventive medicine/public health physician. Her focus is on ways to get outside the clinic walls to impact health outcomes for children and families on a community based level. Her research and community work focuses on racial inequities in infant mortality, upstream/social determinants of health, youth resilience, and innovative methods of community engagement and health promotion. She received her BS in Biomedical Sciences from Marquette University and her doctorate in Medicine from the University of WI School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH). She also completed her Pediatrics Residency, Preventive Medicine/Public Health Residency, and Master’s in Public Health at UWSMPH where she currently works as an assistant professor, UW Health pediatrician practicing at Meriter Hospital, researcher, and Centennial Scholar. Outside of the hospital, she is the founder of the Beyond Beautiful International Girls Empowerment Movement and the “Madam Dreamers” national online pre-med mentorship academy. She is also co-founder of the Madison Inspirational Youth Choir among numerous other community roles focused on positive youth development. She is a 4-time author and her advocacy and community work has been featured on live national TV outlets, such as the Today Show. Her books have been translated into both Swahili and Korean and have traveled across the globe. Overall, Dr. Zapata is extremely passionate about mentorship, diversity in medicine, and community capacity building. Her ultimate mission is to use her infectious energy, gifts, and passions to "heal, uplift and inspire".


Dr. Zapata is also a wife and mother of 3 beautiful children. Her favorite things to do are eat
crab legs, spend time with friends/family, sing, play volleyball, and play monopoly!

“The views expressed on this site are my own and do not reflect the views, positions, strategies or opinions of UW Health, UW- Madison, UWMF, or UW School of Medicine and Public Health.”

“The views expressed on this site are my own and do not reflect the views, positions, strategies or opinions of UW Health, UW- Madison, UWMF, UW School of Medicine and Public Health or my employer.”