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
  • 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.

Visions for the Future

  • Develop curricula and offer training opportunities to teach cultural awareness and sensitivity with attendings, fellows, residents, and students
  • Host national experts on diversity and cultural awareness and sensitivity at Pediatric Grand Rounds
  • Establish pipeline programs with mentorships between USC undergraduates, medical students, residents/fellows and attendings
  • Participate in  a hospital wide diversity initiative focused on integrated educational opportunities and community advocacy and outreach to all staff

Current Resident Support and Activities

Prospective Applicants

  • Monthly diversity recruitment dinners during applicant season
  • Opportunity for meetings with diversity committee, faculty, and staff
  • Faculty and student telephone outreach to prospective applicants

Diversity Committee Residents and Faculty

Click here to view the Program and Faculty Brochure.

  • Residents
  • Fellows
  • Faculty

Jessica Nicole Rea – Pediatric Surgery Resident, UCSF East Bay

About me: I am completing 2 years of research in Trauma under Dr. Jeffrey Upperman at CHLA.
Undergraduate School: University of Arizona
Medical School: Howard University 
Diversity Interest: Pipelines to medicine for minority populations 
Favorite thing about CHLA: The Trauma Program

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Karolina Grekov –PL-3

About me: I was born in Sochi, Russia (home of the 2014 Olympics!) and moved with my family to LA as a child. I have a HUGE Russian family (think: My Big Fat Greek Wedding) that I love spending time with. I speak Russian, English, Spanish, and German. I love tiny desserts, traveling, and finding all the hidden staircases in LA.
Gender pronouns: she/her
Undergraduate School: Southern Adventist University
Medical School: Loma Linda University
Diversity Interest: I’m interested in recognizing and standing up against implicit bias in medicine, and helping immigrant families gain access to/navigate our healthcare system.
Favorite thing about CHLA: The people! We have a diverse patient population and housestaff. My co-residents are collaborative and supportive of each other and there are so many opportunities to get involved no matter your area of interest. Also the dogs!

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Karen Camero –PL-3

About me: I was born here in LA, but moved to Venezuela when I was twelve because that’s where my family is originally from. There, I completed Jr. 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 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 patient 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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Bruke Tedla MD – PL-3

About me: Born and raised in Southern California.  Interested in cardiology, global health, and medical education.
Gender pronouns: Male
Undergraduate School: Pomona College
Medical School: University of Southern California of USC
Diversity Interest: Recruitment and education
Favorite thing about CHLA: The people

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Lauren Mills – PL-3

About me: I was born and raised in LA and I am a true So Cal girl. I grew up playing soccer and I am a huge Arsenal FC fan. I also like to think of myself as a foodie and love trying all the amazing restaurants in the city.
Undergraduate School: USC
Medical School: Keck School of Medicine of USC
Diversity Interest: Promoting cultural sensitivity in the workplace
Favorite thing about CHLA: The residents! We also have the best attendings, who are amazing to with and learn from on a daily basis.

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Rachel Cohen – PL-2

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 towards 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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Anh Le – PL-2

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 LA. Not only because of the fantastic weather, but 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 – PL-2

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 and fell in love with the diversity and culture that exists here, which is 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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Mounica Rao – PL-1

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 Griffith Park and look out over the city.
Gender pronouns: She, Her
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 privileged of learning from every day.

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Si Wang – PL-1

About me: I was born and raised in southern China until sixteen, 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 LA, 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 LA! 
Gender 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 healthcare system, advocacy for children from immigrant families 
Favorite thing about CHLA: The amazing people! 

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Lorraine James – PL-1

About me: I was born in India and moved all over the US before my parents settled in Ft. Worth, Texas. I love trivia, tennis, and tea (both kinds). 
Gender 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 – PL-1

About me: I'm originally from Miami, FL and have really enjoyed living in southern California for the last five years. I love exploring LA's vegan food scene and going to musical events at the Hollywood Bowl.
Gender pronouns: He/Him
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 are faculty are top notch as well!

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Sean Kow – PL-1

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.
Gender 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 – PL-1

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.
Gender pronouns: He, him, his
Undergraduate School: Boston College ‘14
Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine ‘19
Diversity Interest: Immigrant/refugee healthcare, 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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Alexa Manrriquez – PL-1

About me: I was born and raised in southern California and have lived in LA almost 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 - I love working with the kids and families in our communities. Outside of medicine, I love being outside - hiking, camping, backpacking and spending time with my puppy, Pepita! I also love a good charcuterie board and am learning to weave.
Gender pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Undergraduate School: UCLA
Medical School: Keck School of Medicine of USC
Diversity Interest: Promoting culturally competant care, mentorship of URM and women in medicine/pre-med, advocacy
Favorite thing about CHLA: The people, including our amazing patients!

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Alana Ju – Hospital Medicine Fellow

About me: I’m from the SF Bay Area and love living in Hollywood and exploring Los Angeles. I am very excited to be a Chief Resident this year and hope to do my best to support our residents’ learning and wellness.
Undergraduate School: Harvard University
Medical School: UCSF
Diversity Interest: Working on research related to Limited English Proficiency and health disparities.
Favorite thing about CHLA: The people! They are amazing. Hardworking, brilliant, kind and funny— I could not have asked for a better team.

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Dejeunee Ashby – Developmental-Behavioral Fellow

About me: I grew up in Compton California, an urban area of Los Angeles county, where I was able to see firsthand the impact of health disparities between socio-economic and racial differences, which has impacted my perspective on healthcare.
Undergraduate: University of California, Berkeley
Medical School: Oregon Health and Science University
Diversity Interest: Advocacy for children with developmental disabilities in underserved populations, inspiring persons from disadvantaged backgrounds and underserved communities
Favorite thing about CHLA: The diverse patient population and desire for lifelong learning

Maria Santos – Hospital Medicine Fellow

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 LA 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 minutes I get.
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.

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.
Gender pronouns: She, her, hers
Undergraduate School: McDaniel College
Medical School: University of Maryland School of Medicine
Diversity Interest: Making healthcare resources easily accessible to all racial backgrounds and socioeconomic statuses. Advocacy
Favorite thing about CHLA: The people and the community

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! 
Gender pronouns: He/him.
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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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
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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Michael Bryant – Hospital Medicine Faculty

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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Yvonne Gutierrez – General Pediatrics Faculty

About me: Love reading, refinishing furniture and exercising in my spare time.
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.

Ashaunta  Anderson– General Pediatrics Faculty

About me: Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, outpatient general pediatrics and research on racial socialization (how children learn about race in the world) and quality of care in sickle cell disease
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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Joyce Javier– General Pediatrics Faculty

Undergraduate School: UCLA
Medical School: UC Irvine 
Diversity Interest: Using Community-based participatory research to promote health equity among immigrant families, especially behavioral health disparities among Filipino youth
Favorite thing about CHLA: The colleagues and trainees I work with!

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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.
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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Mayuri Ganupuru– Hospital Medicine Faculty

About me: I love really good comedy and Lifetime movies. Just kidding. They’re the same thing.
Undergraduate School: UGA
Medical School: Morehouse
Diversity Interest: Equity and, within that, criminal justice reform
Favorite thing about CHLA: Its payer mix--60-70% Medicaid makes CHLA a gem amongst children’s hospitals

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Christopher Russell – Hospital Medicine Faculty

About me: Originally from Burbank, CA. Love live performances (musicals, live music and dance performances).
Gender pronouns: He/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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Michelle Thompson – General Pediatrics, Associate Program Director of Pediatric Residency Program

About me: CHLA “lifer”.  Love reading, music, shopping, dogs. 
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 and staff). I learn something new EVERY day.

Fang, Kevin

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.
Gender 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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Gabriela Moriel – ED Department/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 am in the Global Health Impact track and am 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
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!