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Cecilia A. Florio, MD, MPH

Program Director

Cecilia A. Florio, MD, MPH

Program Director

As the Program Director for AltaMed’s Family Medicine Residency Program, Dr. Cecilia Florio led a team of talented educators in establishing the health system’s first residency program. Her nearly two decades of expertise in the field guide her as both a teacher and administrator. In her role, she focuses on recruiting doctors who are committed to serving ethnically diverse communities – both by providing culturally sensitive care and developing programs that inspire minorities to pursue careers in health care.

Dr. Florio joined the AltaMed family after spending 17 years as a clinician educator at UC Irvine, and more recently, at UC San Francisco (UCSF). She is passionate about the specialty of Family Medicine and about caring for those with the greatest needs. With an emphasis on good communication, fostering compassion, and attention to the needs of others, she promotes humanism in medicine that benefits both patients and health care workers. Dr. Florio loves working alongside residents and strives to provide a supportive environment where learners can develop their skills and pursue their career objectives while preserving their love for the specialty and the joy of caring for others.

Dr. Florio spent her childhood in Mexico, first living in Cholula, Puebla, and then in Mexico City. She moved to the United States at age 17 to attend Smith College, where she majored in Biology and spent her junior year abroad in Paris. After graduating from the UCSF School of Medicine, she obtained a Master of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health and went on to complete her residency in Family Medicine at UC Davis.

At her first job at La Clinica de la Raza in the San Francisco Bay Area, she discovered the positive impact of the community clinic model, which provides care for the most vulnerable and complex patients while leading change to improve access and quality.. Because of the emphasis on service, accessibility and advocacy, she has continued to work at federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) throughout her 20-year career.

Dr. Florio loves spending time her two kids and her spouse. She has two cats and is an advocate for animal welfare. She enjoys going on walks and reading about international politics.

 

Education:

Family Medicine Residency Program, University of California, Davis
M.P.H., Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health
M.D., University of California San Francisco School of Medicine
B.A., Biology, Smith College

Ana Karina Melgar, MD

Associate Program Director

Ana Karina Melgar, MD

Associate Program Director

Dr. Karina Melgar serves as Associate Program Director of AltaMed’s Family Medicine Residency Program. In this role, she supports Program Director Dr. Cecilia Florio and the faculty to provide a safe and inclusive learning environment. Dr. Melgar is involved in curriculum building, rotation development, recruitment, scheduling, evaluation, and compliance policy. As a highly engaged resident mentor, she cultivates leadership in community engagement and health equity. In addition, she provides comprehensive and compassionate care to her patients while empowering them to continue to improve their health.

Prior to joining AltaMed, Dr. Melgar spent five years teaching kindergarten in South Los Angeles before returning to school to pursue her medical degree. Since then, she has focused on providing care to ethnically diverse communities, mentoring the next generation of health care professionals, and working to increase diversity in the medical field.

During her residency, she continued to teach and served as Academic Chief, a role in which she was actively involved in diversity advancements in the recruitment process. As Community Medicine Fellow, Dr. Melgar divided her time between teaching as junior faculty and collaborating with many community organizations. She successfully opened a new student-run clinic in collaboration with Lestonnac Free Clinic in Garden Grove. She also pioneered an interprofessional collaborative behavioral health clinic for uninsured patients.

Dr. Melgar went on to become faculty at the Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program, where she was Director of Community Engagement and Diversity. She was the lead faculty for the Neighborhood Meed Mentoring Program and the onsite food pantry. During her time at Long Beach, she created a new integrative behavioral health clinic and community medicine concentration for the residents. In an effort to connect with the community, Dr. Melgar also started a Diversity and Health Equity Committee.

Dr. Melgar’s clinical interests include women’s health, behavioral health, public health/policy, global health, addressing social determinants of health, and community empowerment. Outside of work, she spends time with her large, extended family and volunteering at a student-run clinic. She also enjoys running, spin class, yoga, soccer, snowboarding, dancing, and shopping at vintage stores.

 

Education:

Community Medicine Fellowship Program, Kaiser Permanente Orange County
Family Medicine Residency Program, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center
M.D., School of Medicine at University of California, Davis
B.S., Physiological Science, UCLA

Gerardo D. Hernandez, MD

Core Faculty

Gerardo D. Hernandez, MD

Core Faculty

Dr. Gerardo Hernandez is delighted to be serving as core faculty for the AltaMed Family Medicine Residency.  His role in the residency program will include teaching residents in the outpatient and inpatient setting, curriculum development, healthcare advocacy, and community outreach and engagement.

Having grown up in Maywood, a neighboring city to South Gate, Dr. Hernandez is honored to be coming back and serving his home community to provide an empathetic and compassionate approach to medicine.  After completing his bachelor of science at California State University Long Beach, Dr. Hernandez traveled to northern California to start medical school at UC Davis.  Interested in primary care and underserved communities, Dr. Hernandez was selected to join the Transforming Education and Community Health for Medical Students (TEACH-MS) program focusing on the impacts of race and discrimination in healthcare and becoming familiarized in the teachings of cultural humility.  Through working with the underserved community of Sacramento, Dr. Hernandez chose to pursue Family Medicine to practice holistic medicine and focus on the effects of social determinates of health on the community.

Dr. Hernandez completed his medical training at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center where he served as chief resident and was a leader of Neighborhood MED; a mentorship program focused on undergraduates from disadvantaged backgrounds interested in pursuing medicine. With his involvement from mentorship pipe-line programs to healthcare advocacy, he recognized his journey has been sculpted and guided by great mentors, inspirational advocates, and leaders. Therefore, Dr. Hernandez values mentorship as a cornerstone to a successful path to medicine.

After residency, Dr. Hernandez became the Kaiser Permanente Community Medicine Fellow in Orange County and served as a lead physician for Lestonnac Free Clinic.  As a fellow he led changes in clinic work flow, management of diabetic care, augmented interpretative services for mono-lingual patients, and ensured the longevity of other established community efforts focused on behavioral health, mentorship, and patient wellness.  As junior faculty teaching residents and medical students, he was involved in curriculum development and enhancing the importance of diversity in medical education.  He was able to navigate the complex medical system and work as a safety net provider, advocating for equitable and quality care for the undocumented and underserved.

As core faculty at AltaMed Family Medicine Residency, Dr. Hernandez is enthusiastic to be a teacher, primary care physician, mentor, and community advocate.   He is eager to train the next generation of well-rounded healthcare providers and community leaders to deliver equitable care for all communities.

Dr. Hernandez’s interests include community and upstream medicine, minor procedures, public health/advocacy, social justice, and diversity in medical education.  On his spare time, Dr. Hernandez loves spending time with his family, traveling, reading sci-fi fantasy novels, playing music, and attending concerts.

 

Education:

Kaiser Permanente Orange County Community Medicine Fellowship
Family Medicine Residency Long Beach Memorial
MD, UC Davis School of Medicine
BS, Microbiology, California State University, Long Beach

Lynnea Morm, DO

Faculty Lead for Hospital Medicine

Lynnea Morm, DO

Faculty Lead for Hospital Medicine

Dr. Morm serves as the Faculty Lead for inpatient care, in support of our teaching service at Adventist Health White Memorial Hospital. She is passionate about working with underserved communities, and continuity of care between the hospital and the clinic setting. Dr. Morm completed her medical education at Western University of Health Sciences, where she obtained her degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine.  She was at Harbor-UCLA for her Residency, where she also served as Chief Resident. She recently completed a Fellowship in Faculty Development at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and has been working as a hospitalist.

Dr. Morm’s special interests are in Street Medicine, pipeline programs and community outreach, including Refugee Health. She does a significant amount of volunteer work with refugees in Tijuana, Mexico as well as has spent time working in free clinics in Southern California and pipeline programs.  Dr. Morm believes that health care is a basic human right and is committed to working towards health equity. She is passionate about community medicine and mentoring the next generation of healthcare professionals. In addition, she has a third degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. Outside of work, she likes to bike, travel, explore new hiking trails, and visit Disneyland every chance she can.

 

Education:

Faculty Development Fellow/Chief Resident, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Family Medicine Residency Program, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
D.O., Western University of Health Sciences
B.S., Biology, Vanguard University of Southern California

Dr. Marco Angulo, MD, MSocSci

Medical Director of Medical Education

Dr. Marco Angulo, MD, MSocSci

Medical Director of Medical Education

As a core faculty member of AltaMed’s Family Medicine Residency Program, Dr. Marco Angulo brings an invaluable combination of experience and perspective, thanks to his background of working with and training residents in a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) setting. He is committed to supporting and growing the program and helping create a strong workforce that is well prepared to serve the medically vulnerable areas of Southern California. His passion is personal since Dr. Angulo was raised there.

Even before he became a physician, Dr. Angulo knew his life’s work was to serve these communities. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a degree in Chicano Studies. He entered medical school at University of California, Irvine (UCI), and participated in the Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community (PRIME-LC), which was created to develop physician leaders to address health disparities in the United States and beyond. Dr. Angulo stayed on as a faculty member at the UCI Family Medicine Department, where he served as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the medical school and as the Director of the PRIME-LC Residency Program. Prior to joining AltaMed in 2014, Dr. Angulo also served as Chief Medical Officer of an FQHC in Santa Ana.

In 2016, UCI Health awarded Dr. Angulo the prestigious ARIISE Award for creating an innovative health navigation program focused on the needs of FQHCs. As a resident, he was awarded the AAFP/Bristol-Meyer Squibb Award for Excellence for Graduate Medical Education. He was also inducted into the Gold Humanism Honors Society as a medical student and faculty member at UCI.

Throughout his career, Dr. Angulo has challenged the next generation of physician leaders to chip away at health disparities and develop solutions that lower barriers to patient care. In 2012, Dr. Angulo created the Health Scholars Program, one of the largest volunteer/clinical experience programs in Orange County dedicated to closing gaps in care and helping patients more effectively navigate the health care system.

Dr. Angulo is an avid baseball fan (go Dodgers!), and his goal is to watch a baseball game in every major league baseball stadium. Currently, he’s made it to 11 stadiums, with 19 more to go.

 

Education:

Family Medicine Residency Program, University of California, Irvine
M.D., University of California, Irvine
M.Soc.Sci., University of California, Irvine
B.A., Chicano Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Gustavo Casillas, MD

Faculty

Gustavo Casillas, MD

Faculty

Working for a FQHC has been a professional goal even before entering medical school. During medical school I chose most of my clinical rotations to be at Harbor-UCLA, which is a Los Angeles County public teaching program that also serves as a safety net hospital. Exposure to this patient population motivated me to continue training at their family medicine residency program. This was the only local program at the time that served my community and its aim was to train physicians to work in marginalized communities.

Now practicing clinical medicine full time for 10 plus years, 3 of those in my home community and the rest for AltaMed has slightly altered my professional ambitions. After completing three years of training at Harbor-UCLA and earning the Fred Matthies, MD award for personifying the “special qualities” of the traditional family physician and the complete care they provide in 2009, I completed a one-year faculty development fellowship with a focus on adolescent medicine with a plan to participate in teaching in some capacity.

With my clinical experience there is a realization that many colleagues do not have the same outlook on providing care to this marginalized population. Being a full-time clinical physician and working with people from my community and having very similar challenges as a child, I recognize that personal experiences will definitely contribute to your style of practicing medicine. I’m hoping to share these experiences of being uninsured, in addition to other common social determinant challenges like having monolingual Spanish speaking immigrant parents with very little formal education, with new physicians. Overall most physicians have the medical understanding to perform their job, but the practical use can be complicated if they are unable to successfully convey this information in a culturally sensitive way.  My approach has allowed me to receive the Patients Choice award from AltaMed in 2014 with multiple nominations and also regularly high scores in measured patient satisfaction surveys. I hope with my experience to effectively model an appropriate way to empathetically provide care in a busy clinical setting.

Besides reading medical journals or listening to medical podcast, my current hobbies include spending time with my family, especially weekend soccer games, but also going to vintage swap meets, watching old black and white movies and listening to Big Band music and also Regional Mexican music.

 

Education:

Faculty Development Fellowship Harbor-UCLA
Family Medicine Residency Program Harbor-UCLA
M.D., University of California Los Angeles
B.S., University of California Los Angeles

Roxanna Napoles

Program Coordinator

Roxanna Napoles

Program Coordinator

Roxanna Napoles joined the AltaMed team in October 2018.  As the Residency Program Coordinator for the AltaMed Family Medicine Residency Program, she is responsible for the day-to-day operational management of the ACGME-accredited Family Medicine Residency Program.  In her role, she supports the recruitment of trainees, tracking and reporting trainee progress to all relevant stakeholders, and communicating with faculty, residents and external entities and partners.  Roxanna ensures compliance with all accrediting bodies and will work to support the integration of the program into clinical operations in partnership with clinic site leadership.

Roxanna received her Bachelor of Science at the University of California, Los Angeles.  Her passion for medicine and healthcare is rooted in the ability of caring for underserved and vulnerable populations.  Her career goal is provide access to healthcare and primary care services to communities like that of South Gate, California.  She has previously worked with residents in a learning environment and envisions the residency program as a setting for academic, professional, and personal growth for the entire team.  

Roxanna loves spending time outdoors and exploring new areas of the world.  She enjoys reading, baking, and binging shows.  She hopes that the AltaMed Family Medicine Residency Program brings a positive impact on the organization as a whole, but especially for our communities and patients.
 

Education:

University of California, Los Angeles

Maite Villareal Rodriguez, MA

Manager of Family Medicine Residency Program

Maite Villareal Rodriguez, MA

Manager of Family Medicine Residency Program

Maite Villareal Rodriguez joined the AltaMed team in Spring 2020 as the Manager of Graduate Medical Education.  Her role is to provide programmatic and project management support to ensure that residents have an optimal learning environment.  Maite is an educator at heart and has spent the last 15 years working at community colleges and public universities as an advisor, lecturer, and mentor.  Maite’s love for students and yearning for more contextual knowledge led her to pursue her masters in higher education from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor (class of 2014).  She most recently served as the Health and Science Careers Advisor at Cal State LA, where discovered her love for the overlap of health, education, and social justice. 

A few of Maite’s favorite things - her Boyle Heights neighborhood, her two little girls Anaya Belen and Soraya Itzel, wandering the aisles of Target when she gets some time to herself, and binging Stranger Things with her husband.  That said, her homeland of Puerto Rico tops all her lists.

Daniel Diaz, DO

Faculty Lead for Sports Medicine

Daniel Diaz, DO

Faculty Lead for Sports Medicine

Dr. Diaz earned his Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology from California State University, Northridge and started his path to medicine at Western University of Health Sciences. He went on to Loma Linda University Health to complete his Family Medicine residency. His strong background in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine ensued his interest in a Primary Care Sports Medicine fellowship, which he completed at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The fellowship year began in 2019 and was filled with valuable experience caring for NCAA Division 1 athletes on and off the field, but took an unexpected turn in the spring of 2020 when COVID-19 put a halt to athletic competitions nationwide. It was then that Dr. Diaz volunteered his services in organizing and streamlining the largest Covid-19 curbside testing site in the state of Nevada. He was dubbed “Captain COVID” by faculty and staff and received University recognition for his efforts and leadership as Site Medical Director for the COVID Response Team.

While in Medical School Dr. Diaz was the recipient of the TOUCH Platinum Award from Western University of Health Sciences awarded to only one student who completes the most community service hours within the academic year. He also received the Kaiser Oliver Goldsmith, MD Scholarship for his commitment to providing culturally responsive care. Being a native of the Los Angeles area, and recognizing some of his own struggles in his path to becoming a physician, Dr. Diaz began to realize his passion for mentoring other aspiring Latino physicians and the importance of working in underserved communities. He began his involvement in the Latino Medical Student Association where he served as the Southern Chief Executive officer of the Western Region as well as being a member of the LMSA National Board of Directors. It was this passion for his community and the LMSA connections he made along the way that ultimately led him to AltaMed where he is a Primary Care Sports Medicine Physician. Dr. Diaz also has a zeal for teaching and is current Associate Professor for the UNLV School of Medicine. He enjoys spending his free time with his family. His new schedule allows him to spend the weekends trying to keep up with his 2 year old son and watching his favorite sports teams play. Go Lakers!

 

Education:

BS, Kinesiology - California State University, Northridge
Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences
Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship- University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Matthew Lomeli, MD

Faculty Lead for Dermatology

Matthew Lomeli, MD

Faculty Lead for Dermatology

Dr. Matthew Lomeli is the Medical Director for AltaMed’s Medical Patient Service Center and Telehealth. Dr. Lomeli also serves as the Site Medical Director for the AltaMed Anaheim and Huntington Beach Clinics.

Dr. Lomeli received his medical degree from the Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus, OH and went on to complete his family medicine residency at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, CA. Continuing his training, Dr. Lomeli attended flight surgeon school from the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute in Pensacola, FL. After his medical training, Dr. Lomeli went on to become an attending physician at his residency program, served as head family physician aboard the USS Makin Island for Fleet Surgical Team V and became lead Naval flight surgeon. After separating from the military, he eventually served as AltaMed’s lead physician in dermatology, consulting for all six AltaMed clinics in Orange County. He is the Lead Faculty for Dematology for AltaMed’s Family Medicine Residency Program at South Gate. Dr. Lomeli is passionate about mentoring underrepresented students in medicine. Some of his hobbies include playing sports, mountain biking, running, home renovation, and gardening.

 

Education:

Family Medicine Residency: Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton
M.D., Ohio State University College of Medicine
Medical School
B.A., Biology, Whittier College

Christopher Bui, MD, MBA

Faculty Lead for Geriatric Home Care and Street Medicine

Christopher Bui, MD, MBA

Faculty Lead for Geriatric Home Care and Street Medicine

Dr. Christopher Bui is the Medical Director of High Risk Population Health and the Clinician Home Visit Program.  He oversees four clinical field teams that span Los Angeles and Orange County.

Dr. Bui received his medical degree from the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and went on to complete his Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency at the UCLA/Veterans Administration Healthcare Program.

Dr. Bui completed a fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine through the Scripps Health/University of California, San Diego Health System.  He is the former Physician Lead for Outpatient Palliative Medicine at the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center.

Dr. Bui is the Faculty Lead for Geriatric Home Care and Street Medicine for AltaMed’s Family Medicine Residency Program at South Gate.  Dr. Christopher Bui is passionate about the palliative care philosophy, healthcare innovation, research, and mentoring the next generation of physician leaders.

 

Education:

Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship - UCSD Health
System/Scripps Health SystemCommunity Medicine Fellowship Program, Kaiser Permanente Orange County
MBA, Rady School of Management – UCSD
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency - Greater Los
Angeles Veterans Administration Healthcare System/UCLA
MD, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
BS, Biochemistry, UCSD

Ilan Shapiro, MD

Faculty Lead for Health Education and Civic Engagement

Ilan Shapiro, MD

Faculty Lead for Health Education and Civic Engagement

Though Dr. Ilan Shapiro has only been with AltaMed since 2016, he has already made a significant impact on the organization and the greater communities it serves. Dr. Shapiro is a tireless advocate for health care equality, with a deep affinity for innovation and public health policy, especially relating to the Latino population.

Currently, Dr. Shapiro serves as AltaMed’s Medical Director of Health Education and Wellness, helping to create and implement programs and services that expand access to care and improve outcomes for the community. Between 2016–2017, he also served as Medical Director for Behavioral Health, and was instrumental in strengthening the practice and expanding AltaMed’s offerings.

One of his biggest accomplishments at AltaMed has been the development of a dedicated AltaMed health and wellness facility. The center uses the latest technology, as well as traditional evidence-based principles and a hands-on approach, to teach members healthy habits relating to nutrition, fitness, and chronic condition management. The center, located in Santa Ana, will serve as a prototype for future sites in Los Angeles and Orange County.

Dr. Shapiro’s background includes award-winning public health work, often on the international stage. After graduating as Honorary Valedictorian with his medical degree, he worked for the Mexican Secretary of Health as the liaison between Mexico and the World Health Organization (WHO). He has created binational public health programs to improve the health of Hispanic communities on both sides of the border. In 2011, he was invited to join the White House Hispanic Policy Group and help educate and raise awareness for the Affordable Care Act. Dr. Shapiro is also a recent recipient of the Othli Award, an honor presented by the Consul of Mexico to recognize individuals working to improve the lives of Mexican nationals living in the United States and abroad.

Prior to joining AltaMed, Dr. Shapiro held numerous health and leadership roles that focused on traditionally underserved communities. He spent five years working with migratory agricultural workers’ families and the homeless in Southwest Florida and as a pediatric resident at Mount Sinai Children’s Hospital in Chicago. He believes these roles sparked his passion for meaningful, community-focused work.

In addition to his work at AltaMed, Dr. Shapiro serves on the Board of Governors at L.A. Care Health Plan. He currently acts as the regional director for the National Hispanic Medical Association.

 

Education:

Universidad Anáhuac
Doctor of Medicine
Candidate: MBA with specialty in Healthcare Leadership
Board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics
Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Fellow-elect of the American College of Health Care Executives

Roger Liu, PhD

Director of Medical Education

Roger Liu, PhD

Director of Medical Education

Dr. Roger Liu serves as the Director of Medical Education for the Institute for Health Equity at AltaMed. In this role, he oversees all educational program and curriculum development including pre-health pipeline programs, new AltaMed residencies in family medicine, and continuing medical education (CME) for providers. Dr. Liu also develops faculty training and support, as well as evaluations and assessments for all programs and activities. He also oversees any grant-funded programs that include an educational component.

Dr. Liu’s day-to-day responsibilities include everything from building curricula to teaching leadership, clinical, and research skills to overseeing the establishment of a program to train current AltaMed physicians to become leaders and researchers in Quality Improvement projects.

Prior to joining AltaMed, Dr. Liu was a professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the UC Irvine School of Medicine, where served as Director of the Program for Medical Education for the Latino Community (PRIME-LC) Residency Track, as well as the Director of Research and Resident Scholarship. Dr. Liu supported students committed to serving the most vulnerable populations, and was involved in the development of programs, curriculum and research focused on the training and mentoring of the next generation of faculty and health practitioners from diverse backgrounds.

For more than two decades, Dr. Liu has been involved in bringing equity to science education. Dr. Liu was a director and instructor in the Departments of Molecular and Cell Biology and Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, where he taught and mentored thousands of students, from every grade level, socioeconomic background, and location from around the country.

Dr. Liu is focused on establishing AltaMed and the Institute as leaders in the recruitment, training, and development of physician leaders devoted to serving medically vulnerable populations. By developing the AltaMed Scholars program, he’s continuing his dedication to creating projects that will improve patient care.

In his free time, Dr. Liu practices the contemporary Chinese martial art of Wushu, and he’s a two-time national collegiate Wushu team champion. He also enjoys spending time with his family, listening to music, and keeping an eye out for insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.

 

Education:

Ph.D., Integrative Biology with an emphasis in Comparative
Endocrinology/Herpetology, University of California, Berkeley
B.A., Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley

Sabrina Kosok, MPH

Manager of Medical Education

Sabrina Kosok, MPH

Manager of Medical Education

Sabrina Kosok joined AltaMed in 2018 to help launch the Medical Education Department. As AltaMed’s Manager of Medical Education, she supports all Undergraduate Medical Education (UME), Graduate Medical Education (GME) and Continuing Medical Education (CME) programs. Her current projects include the development and implementation of two summer pipeline programs for aspiring physicians, and AltaMed’s first Family Medicine Residency Program, as well as the creation of high-quality CME opportunities for AltaMed providers.

Ms. Kosok began her medical education career at Kaiser Permanente of Southern California (KPSC), where she managed the Community Medicine Fellowship, a year-long fellowship for primary care residents dedicated to community medicine and public health. She also managed a two-week intensive health policy elective for KPSC residents. Additionally, Ms. Kosok volunteered with the LGBTQ Care Committee and developed an innovative cross-specialty student rotation in LGBTQ care that was later replicated for residents.

Ms. Kosok‘s passion for community medicine and public health began when she was living in Southern Chile with her extended family and working at Hospital Makewe, a rural hospital and community center run by and serving the indigenous Mapuche population. This experience motivated her to pursue a Master of Public Health, which included a three-week field study of the Chilean health system with the Harvard School of Public Health.

As a graduate student, her thesis project focused on analyzing health equity initiatives within the Oregon Health Authority. With her research, she established a baseline assessment of racial and ethnic health disparities awareness, documented health equity initiatives in each department, and reported on departmental barriers to health equity.

Ms. Kosok grew up in Oregon but has lived in Los Angeles for the past eight years with her wife and her son. Her family enjoys road trips, camping, eating good food, and spending time with their friends.

 

Education:

M.P.H., Health Policy and Management, Hatfield School of Government, Portland State University
B.A., International Studies, Global College of Long Island University