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Nahiris Bahamón

Pediatrician | Esperanza Health Center

"I envision a city where everyone, regardless of immigration status, age, race, sexual orientation, ability or socioeconomic status has proper access to high quality health care. I plan to continue using my voice and my privilege as a physician to advocate for this and to provide healthcare to the most underserved communities in the city."


Undergraduate Degree: University of Wisconsin-Madison, '10

Fun fact: I once won 5th place in a regional group trivia competition in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Nahiris is a board-certified pediatrician at Esperanza Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) and a board adviser for Physicians for a National Health Program, an organization that advocates for comprehensive single-payer national health insurance. She is also an advocate for children and families as an active member of the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and its committees on social determinants of health and immigrant health. In her role as a physician advocate, Nahiris has provided testimony to the City of Chicago, lobbied the state legislature, and appeared on TV and other media.

Nahiris completed her pediatrics residency at The University of Chicago’s Comer Children’s Hospital as a LUCENT Scholar and a New Century Scholar. She graduated with honors from College of DuPage and with distinction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She attended medical school at Boston University, where she served as Co-Chair of BUMC Pride (an LGBTQ student organization) and the Community Health Project.

Nahiris has played percussion since her high school years and has been part of multiple bands. She still jams with friends from time to time. Born and raised in Colombia, Nahiris moved to the U.S. at age 18 as a refugee with her family. She lives in the South Loop with her partner.