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Columnist – Sofia Weiss Goitiandia

The Interdisciplinarian

By Sofia Weiss Goitiandia

Sofia Weiss Goitiandia

Sofia Weiss Goitiandia (she/her) is a medical student holding a BA in Natural Sciences (specialisation: Neurosciences) from the University of Cambridge, who will also complete her MSc in Global Health at Karolinska Institutet in June 2021. She has a strong research interest, and has worked on both quantitative and qualitative projects, spanning basic science to a study bridging history of art and public health. She is a keen linguist, with knowledge of six languages, as well as a passionate reader and writer. She also has experience in advocacy work, particularly in the access to medicines field and in promoting gender health equity. She aims to pursue further studies in the subject of philosophy of medicine, and her ultimate goal would be to combine a career in patient-facing medical care with interdisciplinary academic research. She relishes how different approaches can yield new insights on old problems, and – despite her best efforts – remains relentlessly curious about the human condition.

Blogs by Sofia Weiss Goitiandia



As seen through Dalia’s eyes: reflections on the world of Global Health from a pioneering Sudanese activist (Part 1)


August 12, 2021

Sofia Weiss Goitiandia spoke for hours with Global Health scholar and activist Dalia Elhag. In this first article based on their conversation, Dalia talks about the roots of her committed feminism, which is at the heart of her activist work.



Acutely unwell? Science communication in the COVID-19 vaccine case


August 7, 2021

In this blog, science communication is discussed in the context of vaccine hesitancy, particularly with regards to COVID-19 vaccines. Possible strategies to address this challenge are explored, whilst leaving room for nuance.



Talking Global Health with Medical Doctor & OneDay Health Founder Nick Laing


July 10, 2021

In this podcast, Sofia Weiss Goitiandia interviews the wonderful Dr. Nick about his work as a Medical Doctor and Co-Founder of OneDay Health in Northern Uganda.



Tell me your story: the practice of medicine in narrative terms, by Sofia Weiss Goitiandia


July 5, 2021

In this blog post, Sofia Weiss Goitiandia writes about the centrality of narratives and storytelling in medicine. Long story short: in healthcare, the words we use matter.

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Sofia Weiss Goitiandia makes “The Case for Interdisciplinarity”


June 30, 2021

The most personal blog post yet, as Sofia Weiss Goitiandia reflects on her own experiences to propose interdisciplinarity as a means of finding purpose and meaning in medicine.

Army Spc. Angel Laureano holds a vial of the COVID-19 vaccine, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Md., Dec. 14, 2020. (DoD photo by Lisa Ferdinando)


Sofia Weiss Goitiandia dives into “Access to Medicines, Vaccines and the COVID-19 Pandemic with Medical Anthropologist and Health Equity Advocate Sarai Keestra”


June 23, 2021

Sofia Weiss Goitiandia talks to medical anthropologist and medical doctor-to-be Sarai Keestra to discuss a pertinent interdisciplinary issue of our time, access to medicines.



Sofia Weiss Goitiandia speaks to Medical Herstory Founder & Gender Health Equity Advocate Tori Ford


May 31, 2021

Sofia Weiss Goitiandia meets Medical Herstory founder Tori Ford to discuss and reflect on gender, health and the medical institution.



Sofia Weiss Goitiandia asks “Is it ethical to allow people to sell a kidney to overcome poverty?”


May 18, 2021

A first blog post drawing from philosophy of medicine asks: is it ethical to allow people to sell a kidney to overcome poverty?

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