Diversity and Inclusion Committee

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Vision

To work and thrive in a culture of inclusion that enables faculty and trainees to care and advocate for a diverse community of patients and families. 

Mission

The Pediatric Diversity Committee is committed to promoting a culture of inclusion and an appreciation for diversity.  We support residents, fellows, and faculty across all areas of diversity including, but not limited to, race/ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and gender in order to expand cultural awareness and sensitivity and to enrich the services we provide to the increasingly diverse populations at Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA).

  • Core Values
  • Active Subcommittees
  • Current Activities & Projects
  • Opportunities for Prospective Applicants
  • Innovation/Education: Enhance our learning environment and promote diversity among trainees and faculty in order to contribute to the success of graduates who will provide care to a diverse patient population.
  • Recruitment: Facilitate recruitment, retention, professional excellence, and overall well-being among residents, fellows, and faculty.
  • Community: Strengthen mentoring programs for residents, fellows, and faculty to enhance retention, professional growth, and academic success in teaching, research, and patient care.  Maintain an active alumni network.
  • Social Responsibility: Maintain a commitment to the surrounding community by addressing barriers to care for children and empowering patients and their families to improve health.
  • Compassion: Work with patients, families and colleagues in a compassionate and empathetic environment.  Treat all with respect and dignity.
  • Communication: Create strong communication pathways between students, residents, fellows, faculty, alumni, and the community.
  • Member Support: Plans community-building events for committee members and helps create a safe space for dialogue and reflection. Hosts listening sessions for members.
  • Recruitment: Creates opportunities for prospective applicants to connect with current residents and attendings, organizes our one-to-one applicant outreach program, whereby applicants may opt in to be contacted by one of our members, and facilitates the applicant hosting program.
  • Education: Reviews and provides input on the residency curriculum to ensure there is integration of and emphasis on diversity, health equity, structural competency and inclusion. This is a shared subcommittee between the D&I Committee and the Program Evaluation Committee.
  • MedEd Pipeline: Strengthens the relationship between Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and undergraduate medical education organizations, including but not limited to, Student National Medical Association, Latino Medical Student Association, and MedLambda. Identifies avenues to connect with local pre-medical students. Home of the Diversity & Inclusion Mentoring Program, which is a CHLA resident-led pipeline program that provides mentorship and early exposure to pediatrics and academic medicine for students who identify as underrepresented in medicine.
  • Advocacy & Legislation: Engages our committee in community partnership, organization and outreach. Facilitates partnership with existing bodies, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, to enable leadership in developing policy opinions.
  • Mentoring and community-building among residents, fellows and attendings/faculty
  • D&I Committee meetings
  • Quarterly dinners
  • Listening sessions
  • Creation of the anti-racism toolkit
  • Representatives from our committee sit on the institution-wide Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Racial Equity Task Force
  • Biannual grocery gift card drive. (Gift cards go to patients who have screened positive for food insecurity.)
  • Participation in USC Keck Black Lives Matter pin drive
  • Diversity & Inclusion Mentoring Program
  • Residency IMPACT track
  • D&I recruitment dinners during applicant season
  • Ability to connect one-on-one with a resident, fellow or faculty member of the D&I Committee
  • Stay with an available resident during your visit

D&I Committee Members

Click here to view the Program and Faculty Brochure.

  • Residents
  • Fellows
  • Faculty

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Patrick Atis

About me: Born and raised in New Jersey to a Haitian immigrant family. While mostly introverted, community is super important to me. I enjoy hiking, taking naps on the beach, happy hours, chilling with my CHLA/Greater L.A. fam.
Pronouns: He/Him/His
Undergraduate School: University of Pennsylvania
Medical School: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Diversity Interest: I'm really passionate about increasing diversity in medicine so that it reflects the diversity of the populations we serve.
Favorite thing about CHLA: Of the top programs I was interested in, I felt CHLA was best equipped to prevent arrested development as a clinician. I have not been disappointed in this reality. I'm challenged every day to be more efficient, empathetic, resilient, confident and proactive than the day before. Even though I’m stretched and pulled into a million pieces as each part of me undergoes some improvement, CHLA has allowed my core to stay intact … that part of me that made me go into medicine and specialize in pediatrics.

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Grace Chan

About me: I spent the majority of my life in Chicago, IL, but love exploring the amazing city of L.A. I enjoy the great food, enlightening cultural experiences and amazing entertainment this city has to offer.
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Undergraduate School: Northwestern University
Medical School: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion interest: Increasing diversity and representation in medicine
Favorite thing about CHLA: I love our residency's close-knit community and the diverse patients we serve.

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Rachel Cohen

About me: Having spent the past 12 years on the East Coast, I'm excited to be back in California! After majoring in English literature, I did a post-bac and worked in research for a couple of years and then started medical school. I still love to read and discuss books, I'm into podcasts - especially political/cultural, I prioritize finding time to bake sweet treats, and I'm committed to working toward justice and equity in my practice of medicine and activism outside of work. My husband works at UCSB so I often spend free weekends in Santa Barbara and have plenty of tips for anyone thinking of visiting!
Undergraduate School: University of Pennsylvania
Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Diversity Interest: Increasing education and training for residents and all providers to recognize and combat implicit bias, improving representation of all populations at training and faculty levels
Favorite thing about CHLA: Supportive, fun-loving, and smart co-residents; lots of learning from patients, residents, fellows, faculty; working with families in our community

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Brigitte Huertas Guzman

About me: I am a Latina who was born in Colombia and grew up in India/Thailand. I am fluent in Thai and Spanish, and lucky for me have found many Spanish and Thai speaking people at CHLA. My favorite things to do are spending time in the sun, finding cool bars and working out with my wife. My favorite place in the hospital (after the Healing Garden of course) is the Emergency Room. I am also a plant-lover, especially succulents and cacti.
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Undergraduate School: Hunter College
Medical School: SUNY Downstate College of Medicine
Diversity Interest: Increasing Hispanic recruitment efforts, mentoring
Favorite thing about CHLA: The patient population that we serve

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Anh Le

About Me: As the first person in my family to graduate college and now in medicine, I know how important it is to have great mentors and role models. My parents are both immigrants from Vietnam and settled in Seattle, where I have spent most of my time growing up. Although I miss seeing the mountains, I now absolutely love living in L.A. Not only because of the fantastic weather, but because of the vast diversity of different people and cultures.
Undergraduate: University of Washington
Medical School: University of Washington
Diversity Interest: Increasing URM in medicine, mentoring, advocacy 
Favorite thing about CHLA:  My co-residents!

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Kelsey Johnson

About me: I was born in Germany and raised in a small village near Frankfurt. My parents are both American citizens (as am I) but instead of attending the American school in the area, I attended German schools through the 9th grade. At 16, I moved to Arcata, California, with my family, where I finished my last three years of high school. I first came to Los Angeles for undergrad school and fell in love with the diversity and culture that exists here, which is why I decided to stay for undergrad, medical school, and now residency.
Undergraduate School: UCLA
Medical School: Keck School of Medicine of USC
Diversity Interest: Advocacy for children with developmental and behavioral disabilities, especially those in underserved communities; Women in medicine
Favorite thing about CHLA: Hands down the people, including the patients, residents, attendings and everyone else! The location is amazing – you have so many options of things you can do.

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Lauren Estrada

About me: I was born and raised in a suburb of Los Angeles and am a true Southern California girl at heart. After 9 years away from home, I am so thrilled to be back here for my residency, especially at a place as special as CHLA. When not caring for kiddos, I can be found spending time with family and friends, enjoying sunsets at the beach, watching football, going to music events or indulging in lots of sushi and charcuterie boards.
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Undergraduate School: Stanford University
Medical School: University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson
Diversity Interest: Increasing the number of underrepresented minorities in medicine
Favorite thing about CHLA: My brilliant co-residents and adorable patients!

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Mounica Rao

About me: I was born in Houston, Texas, and grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, where I did all my education through medical school. I decided it was time to try out a new city and Los Angeles had so many new experiences to offer. I can't get enough of the food, people and culture here! One of my favorite things to do is hike in Griffith Park and look out over the city.
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Undergraduate School: Arizona State University
Medical School: University of Arizona, College of Medicine- Phoenix
Diversity Interest: Promoting STEM education early and especially among young girls, improving cultural competency and diversity among medical professionals, and women in Medicine.
Favorite thing about CHLA: The immensely diverse and rich patient population that I have the privilege of learning from every day.

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Sean Kow

About me: Born and raised in Southern California, I am a resident at CHLA who is passionate about taking diversity seriously. I want to expand diversity and representation not only in our patient population, but also in our hospital staff, residency program and educational training.
Pronouns: He/Him/His
Undergraduate School: Rice University
Medical School: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Diversity Interest: LGBTQ, Racial and Ethnic Minorities, Cultural Competency
Favorite thing about CHLA: The enthusiasm and compassion of all our staff!

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Masrur Khan

About me: Born and raised New Yorker here in the second best coast and loving every minute of it! I love exploring the city, hanging with friends, chilling on the beach and eating more than my weight in tacos and ramen.
Pronouns: He/Him/His
Undergraduate School: Boston College ‘14
Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine ‘19
Diversity Interest: Immigrant/refugee health care, mentorship, implicit biases, redistribution of resources to help underserved populations
Favorite thing about CHLA: The amazing people! My co-residents are brilliant and fun; the faculty are so accomplished yet humble and fantastic teachers; and the patients are the best teachers – you’d be hard pressed to see so many of these cases and in such a diverse population anywhere else in the world!

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Si Wang

About me: I was born and raised in southern China until age 16, and then I moved to Wisconsin for high school and college. The Midwest decided that they loved me too much to let me go, so I stayed for medical school as well. Now that I am in L.A., I am loving the 365 days of sunshine and the fact that the air won't hurt my face when winter comes. Oh, and I love the diverse food cultures represented here in L.A! 
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Undergraduate School: University of Wisconsin – Madison
Medical School: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Diversity Interest: women in medicine, helping patients and families with limited English proficiency navigate the health care system, advocacy for children from immigrant families 
Favorite thing about CHLA: The amazing people!

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Lorraine James

About me: I was born in India and moved all over the U.S. before my parents settled in Ft. Worth, Texas. I love trivia, tennis and tea (both kinds). 
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Undergraduate School: Yale
Medical School: UT Southwestern
Diversity Interest: representation in medical education, curriculum that represents the needs of diverse populations, immigrant fiction, ethnic food, any work by Claire Jean Kim
Favorite thing about CHLA: The breakfast served at Grand Rounds never fails to brighten a busy morning!

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Pedro Orta

About me: I'm originally from Miami, FL, and have really enjoyed living in Southern California for the last five years. I love exploring L.A.'s vegan food scene and going to musical events at the Hollywood Bowl.
Pronouns: He/Him/His
Undergraduate School: University of Florida
Graduate School: Harvard University
Medical School: Loma Linda University
Diversity Interest: LGBTQ and immigrant health.
Favorite thing about CHLA: Our diverse patient population and optimal location! The residents and faculty are top notch as well!

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Alexa Manrriquez

About me: I’m originally from Southern California and have lived in L.A. for 10 years. I love this city for so many reasons and still feel that there is so much to explore! I am thrilled to be at CHLA and to have the privilege of caring for our patients. Outside of medicine, I love being outside -- hiking, camping, backpacking and spending time with my puppy, Pepita. I also love “Parks & Recreation,” charcuterie boards and my plants.
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Undergraduate School: UCLA
Medical School: Keck School of Medicine of USC
Diversity Interest: Health equity, mentorship, recruitment and retention of URM students, advocacy, DEI education
Favorite thing about CHLA: The people, including our amazing patients!

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Kate Rand, MD

About me: As a Rhode Islander, I love Del's Lemonade and coffee milk, but I am also an avid traveler and biking enthusiast. I am loving L.A. as a new transplant. When not working, hit me up for hikes in Griffith Park & Malibu and day trips up and down the coast. My career interests are broad but I have especially enjoyed acute care rotations and adolescent medicine. 
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Undergraduate School: Brown University 
Medical School: Brown University
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Interest: gun violence prevention, reproductive justice, increasing representation in medicine, national and local advocacy 
Favorite thing about CHLA: The collaborative and supportive culture, the healing garden and dog therapy!

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Richika Makol

About me: I was born in India, lived in Toronto for a few years, and moved to Connecticut in elementary school. I’ve been there since and went to UConn for both college and medical school. Although I love home and will miss the fall, I thought it was time for a change and decided to move across the country to sunny L.A. I am enjoying the transition and all that Los Angeles has to offer. In my free time, I love to hike, travel, play tennis, bake, dance and spend time with my family and friends.
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Undergraduate School: University of Connecticut
Medical School: University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Diversity Interest: Addressing disparities in health care access and education to increase early investment in child health, promoting cultural competency and diversity in medical education, advocacy and mentorship
Favorite thing about CHLA: The people, from the kids and families we have the privilege of caring for to my amazing co-residents and supportive faculty.

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Brenda Rieger

About me: I was born and raised in Florida, but decided to come to California for this awesome residency opportunity. In college I was split between pursuing careers in either medicine or violin performance, and ultimately chose the best decision of pursuing pediatrics. I love cooking, hiking, classical music and spending time with my adorable cat, Kelli.
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Undergrad: University of Florida
Medical School: Florida International University
DEI Interests: Women in medicine, advocacy
Favorite thing about CHLA: the therapy dogs!

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Gabriella Puente

About me: I am a second generation Mexican American, first generation college student and the first person in my family to enter a health care profession. I grew up on the East Coast (MA, VT, CT, NY) and am very excited to be in L.A. for the next three years. I have a strong passion for primary care, social justice, health equity with a wide range of interests within these categories including: racial justice, LGBTQIA+ health and inclusion, adolescent medicine and reproductive rights, toxic stress and mental health.
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Undergraduate School: Yale University
Medical School: Columbia University, College of Physicians & Surgeons
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Interest: As above, health equity for people of color in the U.S., gender affirming care, increasing number of underrepresented students in medicine.
Favorite thing about CHLA: Feeling that I can truly rely on and be vulnerable with my peers, welcoming faculty, commitment to serving the local community with a culture of excellence.

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Cynthia Enriquez

About me: I was born and raised in Riverside, CA, and have been lucky to stay in Southern California for all of my education. Love this place too much to leave! After graduating college, I took two years off to do research and complete a post-baccalaureate program before starting medical school. I am so excited to be living in L.A., I love the vast diversity of people and cultures. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, checking out new food spots and bars, everything sports, movies and a good game night!
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Undergraduate School: UC San Diego
Medical School: UC Irvine
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Interest: Being the first in my family to graduate college and now Doctora I am really passionate about mentorship and increasing diversity in medicine especially with Latinx recruitment efforts
Favorite thing about CHLA: The patient population we serve and my amazing co-residents! At CHLA I am inspired and challenged every day, and supported to become the best physician advocate for our patients.

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Richard Kizzee

About me: Made in Japan. Moved to FL, CA, MO, and back to CA. New places, I explore them. The most memorable place I've been so far was a lake in Jamaica with a floor that felt like wet silly putty and water that glowed cyan as you waded through it. Scary jumping in, but fun once I made that first leap.
Pronouns: He/Him/His
Undergraduate School: UC San Diego
Medical School: University of Missouri - Columbia
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Interest: Raising up the people around me and holding them up when they've been cut down.
Favorite thing about CHLA: My co-interns are amazing!

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Hillary Lee

About me: I grew up in the DFW metroplex for eighteen years before packing my bags and moving out east to Durham, North Carolina for college. At Duke, I majored in Evolutionary Anthropology and minored in Music. I spent my summers doing research with Jane Goodall’s original chimpanzee data and traveled to Uganda to follow a group of vervet monkeys in the wild! I love watching nature documentaries about non-human primates, as well as anything narrated by David Attenborough. Obviously, I forever bleed blue and am a huge Duke basketball and Dallas Mavericks fan. After graduating, I moved back to Texas for medical school before continuing my journey to Los Angeles for residency. In my free time, I love traveling with my husband, experiencing new eats and playing board games. Fun fact – I have been fortunate enough to visit Taiwan almost every year of my life to spend time with my grandparents.
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Undergraduate School: Duke University
Medical School: University of Texas Medical Branch
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Interest: Medical education, mentorship, cultural competency, diversity in medicine
Favorite thing about CHLA: The best group of co-residents ever! It has been a joy working with such dedicated people and becoming a family.

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Lauren Nichols

About me: I grew up in Minnesota with two awesome little sisters. Studied Biology and Theater in undergrad at St Olaf College. Fun fact: I pole vaulted in high school and college. During my gap year, I volunteered with AmeriCorps at College Possible. Attended medical school at University of Minnesota where I was involved with SNMA and the student council. Super excited to be in California for my residency at CHLA! I enjoy cooking/eating food, hosting get-togethers for family and friends, reading, cinema, rollerblading, hanging with the dog, listening to Motown/Soul/R&B. I really want to learn how to surf!
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Undergraduate School: St. Olaf College
Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Interest: Supporting URM in medicine, community advocacy, food insecurity 
Favorite thing about CHLA: The people and the weather!

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Marianela Gomez Rincon – Adolescent Medicine Fellow

About me: I was born and raised in Mexico and moved to the U.S. to complete my residency in pediatrics at Lincoln Hospital in Bronx, NY. My areas of interest within Adolescent Medicine are gender-diverse youth and mental health. In my free time I enjoy opera, the beach and lettering.
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Medical school: Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Interest: I have experience working with patients in rural areas of Mexico as well as immigrants and other underserved populations in the Bronx, which along with personal experiences as a member of an ethnic group that is underrepresented in the field of medicine, has sparked my interest in promoting equity and access to health care, education, and career advancement for all.
Favorite thing about CHLA: Its culture of inclusion and striving to provide the best care to patients.

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Gabriela Moriel – Emergency Medicine Fellow

About me: I was born and raised in Los Angeles. My only time away from Los Angeles was five years spent in the Midwest for college and my master’s in Global Health. Los Angeles is home for me in so many ways, especially because I get to serve the children of this beautifully diverse city. I am in the Global Health Impact track and I’m especially interested in working in Latin America. I love trail running, ice cream, happy hour and anything outdoors!
Undergraduate School: University of Notre Dame
Medical School: Keck School of Medicine of USC
Residency: CHLA
Diversity Interest: Recruiting more Latinos into medicine and pediatrics, serving Spanish-speaking families, mentorship of medical and college students.
Favorite thing about CHLA: My co-residents!

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Karen Camero – Academic General Pediatrics Fellow

About me: I was born here in L.A., but moved to Venezuela when I was 12 because that’s where my family is originally from. There, I completed junior high, high school and medical school. Unfortunately, the country is going through a terrible economic and social crisis, so I decided to come back for my residency. I feel very fortunate to have been exposed to both cultures.
Undergraduate School/Medical School: University of Carabobo Faculty of Health Sciences
Diversity Interest: Hispanic women in medicine, working with patients and families of Limited English Proficiency.
Favorite thing about CHLA: My co-residents, the surrounding area (especially McConnell’s Ice cream) and our diverse and complex patient population.

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Ola Kassis – Critical Care Fellow

About me: I was born and raised in Israel. I love hiking with my dog, Krav Maga and cross stitching
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Undergraduate School: Medical Sciences, Hebrew University, Jerusalem
Medical School: Bruce and Ruth Rapapport, Technion, Haifa, Israel
Diversity Interest: While growing up and completing my medical training in Israel, I witnessed the needs of children living in active conflict regions such as Gaza and Syria. I was constantly inspired by their passion and perseverance despite being surrounded by cruelty. I ultimately aspire to take my training and combine it with my passion for helping those in communities ravaged by war.
Favorite thing about CHLA: Dog Therapy!

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Alana Ju – Hospital Medicine Fellow

About me: Originally from the SF Bay Area, I came to CHLA for my residency and stayed for chief residency and now Hospital Medicine fellowship.
Undergraduate School: Harvard University
Medical School: UCSF
Residency: CHLA
Diversity Interest: Understanding disparities in care for families with limited English proficiency Favorite thing about CHLA: I love the community of smart, passionate physicians who work here and the wonderful patients and families we have the privilege to serve.

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Kameelah Gateau – Perinatal-Neonatal Fellow

About me: I am quickly on the path to becoming a CHLA lifer and I love it! I've now lived in Los Angeles for five years after relocating for my residency and have fallen in love with this city and its cultural richness and diversity! After completing residency and chief residency at CHLA I took a year off to work as a NICU Hospitalist. I am currently a first year perinatal-neonatal fellow at LAC+USC/CHLA and aspire to spend my professional career identifying the associated/causal factors leading to the  significantly poorer maternal and neonatal outcomes in the African American community. When I'm not at the hospital, you can find me outside as much as I can either camping, hiking, brunching or simply enjoying the beautiful California sunshine.
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Undergraduate School: University of California Irvine
Medical School: University of California San Diego School of Medicine
Residency: CHLA
Diversity Interest: Recruiting, supporting and maintaining physicians from diverse backgrounds at a hospital, local and national level. Additionally generating policy aimed at ensuring our patients have the basic safety nets available to ensure health and lobbying at the state and local level.
Favorite thing about CHLA: The patient population along with my colleagues and their dedication to advocacy in providing that diverse population with what they need to attain and maintain a healthy life.

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Jessica Sheth Bhutada – Heme/Onc Fellow

About me: I was born in California but grew up in Kansas and am happy to be back in L.A. When I’m not working I love long walks on the beach at sunset, hiking, exploring new restaurants and traveling!
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Undergraduate School: University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
Medical School: University of Kansas
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Interest: Health disparities in adolescents and young adults with cancer, adverse childhood experiences and fostering resiliency and post-traumatic growth, working towards building a more diverse and inclusive work environment
Favorite thing about CHLA: The exposure to a very diverse patient population and the general community.

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Danielle Guiffre – Endocrinology Fellow

About me: Endocrine fellow, grew up on the East Coast in Maryland. This is my first time living on the West Coast and the largest city I have ever lived in.
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Undergraduate School: McDaniel College
Medical School: University of Maryland School of Medicine
Diversity Interest: Making health care resources easily accessible to all racial backgrounds and socioeconomic statuses. Advocacy
Favorite thing about CHLA: The people and the community.

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Joshua Kallman – Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Fellow

About me: Born and raised in the border city of El Paso, Texas. I love running, hiking, going to beaches, trying new food and watching movies! 
Pronouns: He/Him/His
Undergraduate School: Washington University in St. Louis, Biology Major, Spanish Minor.
Medical School: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, El Paso, Paul L Foster School of Medicine.
Residency: Emory University Pediatrics Residency Training Program.
Diversity Interests: Working with patients from underserved areas and, in particular, hoping to identify effective ways in which schools and communities can implement trauma-informed care for children that have been exposed to trauma or other adverse childhood events. Interested in exploring the complex developmental and behavioral needs of immigrant children and children who have been detained at the border.  Very passionate about diversity and inclusion in all domains and political advocacy efforts to promote diversity and inclusion.
Favorite thing about CHLA: The garden!

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Ashaunta Anderson– General Pediatrics Faculty

About me: Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, outpatient general pediatrician whose research focuses on racial socialization (how children learn about race in the world) and quality of care in sickle cell disease
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Undergraduate School: Stanford University
Medical School: Harvard Medical School
Diversity Interest: Health disparities research
Favorite thing about CHLA: Opportunities to make a difference

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Fatuma Barqadle- Hospital Medicine Faculty

About Me: When I’m not in the hospital, I can be found reading a book, shopping at HomeGoods to support my amateur interior design aspirations, exploring Los Angeles or traveling back to the East Coast and occasionally abroad.
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Undergraduate School: George Mason University
Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia
Diversity Interest: Diversity recruitment efforts in academic medicine, D&I mentorship, networking and professional development
Favorite thing about CHLA: The amazing people- patients, families, staff, providers and students

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Michael Bryant – Hospital Medicine Faculty, Division Chief of Hospital Medicine

About Me: Division Chief of Hospital Medicine and CHLA alumnus. I enjoy sports (especially rugby, football and basketball) and art.
Pronouns: He/Him/His
Undergraduate School: United States Military Academy (West Point), University of California (Davis)
Medical School: University of Cincinnati School of Medicine
Diversity Interest: Mentorship, Financial Literacy among Medical Professionals
Favorite thing about CHLA: patients, co-workers

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Patty Castillo – General Pediatrics Faculty

Role: General Pediatrics Faculty
About me: I grew up in/around Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley. I love to explore the L.A. food scene, travel whenever I can, dance and read. I am a general pediatrician and have a diverse set of responsibilities, from teaching pediatric residents in clinic and on newborn nursery wards to private practice to caring for medically complex patients in our Spina Bifida Clinic. My niche is obesity prevention, and I am very involved with running our clinic weight management programs.
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Undergraduate School: University of San Francisco
Medical School: Loyola Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Interest: Health equity among vulnerable populations, improving pipeline programs for recruitment of diverse students, trainees, and faculty, and advocating for our patients through policy change.
Favorite thing about CHLA: The people and our patients! It’s really why I have stayed for so long: My wonderful colleagues provide such excellent support to sustain caring for our complex patients. We strive to provide the best quality care for all of our patients.

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Lily Chattopadhyay – General Pediatrics Faculty

About me: I am a junior faculty in the division of General Pediatrics. I am originally from Birmingham, AL, and then moved to San Diego, Los Angeles, New York before settling back in LA for residency.
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Undergraduate School: UCLA
Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Diversity interest: I am very interested not only in promoting diversity in the composition of medical school students, but also in learning how to deal with unconscious bias and prevent inequitable health care outcomes among marginalized populations.
Favorite thing about CHLA: the sparkly floors and my colleagues, who I am lucky enough to call friends.

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Kevin Fang – General Pediatrics Faculty, Assistant Program Director of the Pediatric Residency Program

About me: I am one of the Assistant Program Directors for the Pediatric Residency and a general pediatrician in our AltaMed clinic.  Prior to medical school, I taught high school biology through Teach for America, which led to my interests in community advocacy and school health. After completing internship and residency at CHLA, I did a fellowship in Community Medicine through Kaiser Permanente. I am currently working on projects at the intersection of primary education and child health, focused on addressing social determinants of health. Outside of work, you can find me watching more reality television than is healthy for one human being or trying to learn new songs on my keyboard…sometimes simultaneously.
Pronouns: He/Him/His
Undergraduate School: Duke University
Medical School: Case Western Reserve University
Diversity Interest: School health, immigration
Favorite thing about CHLA: We are the only top Children’s Hospital that is also a safety net hospital. The people I work with are pretty cool too.

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Mayuri Ganupuru– Hospital Medicine Faculty

About me: I love really good comedy and Lifetime movies. Just kidding. They’re the same thing.
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Undergraduate School: UGA
Medical School: Morehouse
Diversity Interest: Equity and, within that, criminal justice reform
Favorite thing about CHLA: Its payer mix, more than 70% Medi-Cal, makes CHLA a gem amongst children’s hospitals

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Yvonne Gutierrez – General Pediatrics Faculty

About me: Love reading, refinishing furniture and exercising in my spare time.
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Undergraduate School: Stanford University
Medical School: University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
Gender Pronouns: She
Diversity Interest: The care of Latinx chidren with special health care needs in Los Angeles.
Favorite thing about CHLA: Our patients, doctors, nurses and staff.

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Joyce Javier– General Pediatrics Faculty

About Me: I am a general pediatrician and public health scientist whose research over the past 18 years has focused on addressing health disparities among minority immigrant populations. I completed my residency and general academic pediatrics fellowship at Stanford University. I enjoy swimming and crochet.
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Undergraduate School: UCLA
Medical School: UC Irvine
Diversity Interest: Implementing evidence-based interventions in community settings in order to promote the emotional well-being of youth; using community-based participatory research to prevent teen suicide and depression among Filipino youth; increasing the diversity of academic workforce
Favorite thing about CHLA: The colleagues and trainees I work with!

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Gauri Kolhatkar– General Pediatrics Faculty

About me: I’m a twice-immigrant and speak four languages. Each of my nuclear family members was born on a different continent.
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Undergraduate School: Stanford University
Medical School: Northwestern University
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Interest: Mentorship/professional development; health equity and longitudinal care partnership for children and families with child welfare system involvement; mindfulness and compassion meditation as practices in service of the cultivation of internal awareness (including of biases) and of action toward collective well-being.
Favorite thing about CHLA: The community of people; the culture of learning; the centering of children.

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Kira Molas-Torreblanca – Hospital Medicine Faculty

About me: Desert rat raised in Palm Springs, lover of tennis, travel, dance, and photography and explorer of new, delicious culinary cuisine. Personal uber driver for my kids because they have a busier schedule than I do.
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Undergraduate School: UCLA. Go Bruins, fight, fight, fight!
Medical School: Western University
Diversity Interest: Mentorship for women in medicine
Favorite thing about CHLA: My co-workers, the artisan coffee shops nearby the hospital and working with our amazing medical students, residents and fellows

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Christopher Russell – Hospital Medicine Faculty, Assistant Director of the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

About me: Originally from Burbank, CA. Love live performances (musicals, live music and dance performances).
Pronouns: He/Him/His
Undergraduate School: Harvard University
Medical School: Harvard University (Residency: University of California, San Francisco)
Diversity Interest: Increasing the number of underrepresented in medicine pediatricians, LGBT issues.
Favorite thing about CHLA: The diverse patient population.

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Jasmine Smith – Hospital Medicine Faculty, Co-Chair of the Racial Equity Task Force

About me: I am a Southern California native and practice as a med-peds hospitalist. My non-clinical interests include entrepreneurship, financial literacy, classic fashion and vegetarian/vegan cuisine. 
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Undergraduate School: Stanford University
Medical School: Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Diversity Interest: Recruitment and retention, mentorship, financial literacy 
Favorite thing about CHLA: CHLA is an institution that prides itself on embracing and providing excellent care for all our patients.. Compassionate, excellent and holistic care is the culture and expectation.

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Michelle Thompson – General Pediatrics Faculty, Program Director of the Pediatric Residency Program

About me: CHLA “lifer”.  Love reading, music, shopping, dogs. I love to laugh!
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Undergraduate School: University of Virginia (UVA)
Medical School: UVA
Gender Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Diversity Interest: Mentorship and building/promoting diversity in the pediatric workforce
Favorite thing about CHLA: The people!! (patients, families, residents, faculty and staff). I learn something new EVERY day.

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Bianca Edison – Orthopedic Faculty, COC Sports Medicine and Concussion Program

About me: I love spending time with my family, athletics and cooking. My academic interests include injury prevention, nutrition and care of female athletes.                                                 
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Undergraduate School: Harvard College
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine
Diversity Interest: Mentorship
Favorite thing about CHLA: The patients and families and the faculty

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Adriana Hernandez - Hospital Medicine Faculty, Assistant Program Director of the Pediatric Residency Program

About me: Originally from St. Louis, Missouri. I love cooking (but not baking), yoga, and am currently working on hiking my way through our National Parks!
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Undergraduate School: Tulane University
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine
Gender Pronouns: she/her
Diversity Interest: equitable health care for our large immigrant population
Favorite thing about CHLA: The people! I came here for residency and never left!

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Maria Santos – Hospital Medicine Attending

About me: I was born in Venezuela and mostly grew up in Houston surrounded by the Hispanic culture. I then moved away for college to the Midwest where I found how truly unique my culture was to me. I came to L.A. to be surrounded by that Hispanic culture again and this time, hope to give back to the underserved people that grew up just like me. I love running, working out, cooking and lounging on the SoCal beaches every free minute I get.
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Undergraduate School: The Ohio State University...GO BUCKS!
Medical School: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Diversity Interest: Advocating for families with limited English proficiency and women in medicine
Favorite thing about CHLA: The rich culture of both diversity and acceptance among the staff and the patients that we serve.

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Gabriela Moriel – ED/Transport Attending

About me: I was born and raised in Los Angeles. My only time away from Los Angeles was 5 years spent in the Midwest for college and my Master’s in Global Health. Los Angeles is home for me in so many ways, especially because I get to serve the children of this beautifully diverse city. I participated in the Global Health Impact track during my residency here and am especially interested in working in Latin America. I love trail running, ice cream, happy hour, and anything outdoors!
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Undergraduate School: University of Notre Dame
Medical School: Keck School of Medicine of USC
Diversity Interest: Recruiting more Latinos into medicine and pediatrics, serving Spanish-speaking families, mentorship of medical and college students.
Favorite thing about CHLA: My colleagues!