Dr. Clare French grew up in Rolesville, North Carolina, a small town east of Raleigh. She graduated from Reed College with a B.A. in Chinese Literature and Languages, and during college completed the visiting scholar program in Chinese Languages in Qingdao, PRC. She attended medical school at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, where she spent an additional year as an NIDDK research fellow at the Columbia Center for Translational Immunology. She underwent general surgical training at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, WA.