Kipke Named ‘Woman of Influence’

Michele Kipke

Michele Kipke, a member of the South Pasadena Unified School District Board of Education, has been named among the “Women of Influence” in healthcare by the Los Angeles Business Journal.
The publication lauded Kipke as a nationally known health researcher and policy expert whose research has helped develop the field of HIV prevention. She is a professor of pediatrics and preventative medicine at Keck School of Medicine at USC and is also vice chair of research and a division chief at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. At USC, Kipke is also the co-director of the South California Clinical and Translational Science Institute.
At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kipke launched a research task force into the coronavirus at Keck School, where she helped coordinate pre-clinical and clinical research as well as population-based research. At the Science Institute, she also helped develop culturally specific messaging and programming to address fears and misconceptions about COVID-19 and the vaccines for the disease.
Kipke was among eight Keck affiliates and three from CHLA recognized by the Business Journal. There were 40 total women recognized as being “particularly stellar health industry stewards” in the L.A. area.
“The health care leaders listed in these pages were chosen by the Los Angeles Business Journal to be recognized for exceptional stewardship and achievement across the full spectrum of responsibility, exemplary leadership as evidenced by the highest professional and ethical standards, and for contributions to the health and wellbeing of the Los Angeles community at large,” the publication wrote.