Diversity and Inclusion Committee



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. 


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 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.


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Alana Ju – Chief Resident

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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Gabriela Moriel – PL-3

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!

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Karen Camero –PL-2

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-2

About me: Born and raised in Southern California, in the desert oasis known as Riverside, California
Undergraduate School: Pomona College, "Chirp”
Medical School: Keck School of Medicine of USC
Diversity Interest: Black Panther
Favorite thing about CHLA: The amazing people!  

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Lauren Mills – PL-2

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-1

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-1

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 part of the CHLA program:  My co-residents! 

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Kelsey Johnson – PL-1

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.

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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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)
Diversity Interest: The care of Latino children 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

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Michelle Thompson – General Pediatrics, Associate Program Director of Pediatric Residency Program

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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