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 and Inclusion (D&I) Committee is committed to promoting a culture of inclusion and an appreciation for diversity. We support residents, fellows and faculty members 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, as well as to enrich the services we provide to the increasingly diverse populations at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.


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 among students, residents, fellows, faculty, alumni and the community.


Subcommittees & Projects

  • Member Support Subcommittee
  • Recruitment Subcommittee
  • Education Subcommittee
  • MedEd Pipeline Subcommittee
  • Advocacy & Outreach Subcommittee
  • Fellows Subcommittee
  • Facilitates mentoring and community-building among residents, fellows and attendings/faculty.
  • Helps create a safe space for dialogue and reflection.
  • Hosts D&I listening sessions.
  • 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.
  • Facilitates the applicant hosting program for in-person interviewing.
  • Hosts CHLA D&I Applicant Dinners and pre-interview season D&I Committee “Meet & Greet.”
  • Reviews and provides input on the residency curriculum to ensure there is integration of and emphasis on diversity, health equity, structural competency and inclusion.
  • Members of this subcommittee also sit on CHLA’s ACGME Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Subgroup.
  • Brought the History of LA didactic to resident education.
  • Implemented a new set of guidelines/framework for lecturers to center their talks on issues of race, poverty and inequity.
  • Members of this subcommittee created CHLA’s Anti-Racism Toolkit in partnership with CHLA’s Racial Equity Task Force.
  • Strengthens the relationship between Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and undergraduate medical education organizations including, but not limited to, the Student National Medical Association, Latino Medical Student Association, and MedLambda.
  • Identifies avenues to connect with local pre-medical students.
  • Sponsors residents to attend national conferences, including LMSA National and SNMA AMEC.
  • 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.
  • Engages the D&I 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.
  • Created 2020 California Voting Guide.
  • Coordinates the biannual Grocery Gift Card Drive, which provides gift cards to patients who screen positive for food insecurity.
  • Fosters a supportive environment for fellows of the D&I Committee to connect.
  • Goal of increasing fellow participation and retention.


Prospective Applicants

Join us for our pre-interview season D&I Committee Meet & Greet in September!

We will be hosting multiple D&I Committee Applicant Dinners during the fall/winter interview season.

Contact us to be connected with a resident, fellow or faculty member of the D&I Committee.


D&I Committee Members

Click here to view the Program and Faculty Brochure (PDF).

  • Residents
  • Fellows
  • Faculty

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Lauren Estrada

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About me: I was born and raised in a suburb of Los Angeles and am a true Southern California girl at heart. After spending nine years away from home during undergrad and medical school, I was thrilled to return to L.A. for my residency. Now as a PGY3, I am even more grateful to be at CHLA and to have the privilege of taking care of our patient population. Working alongside my co-residents (and now closest friends!) has also made residency so special. Outside of medicine, I enjoy watching sports and live music, eating lots of sushi, and spending time at the beach!
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Undergraduate School: Stanford University
Medical School: University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Interest: Increasing the number of underrepresented minorities in medicine
Favorite thing about CHLA: My amazing co-residents and adorable patients!


Jill Gottlieb

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Pronouns: She/Her
Undergraduate School: Columbia University
Medical School: UC Irvine School of Medicine


Lorraine James

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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 University
Medical School: University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
Diversity, Equity Inclusion Interests: representation in medical educationand the 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!


Masrur Khan

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About me: Born and raised New Yorker here on 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
Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Interests: 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!


Sean Kow

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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, Equity, Inclusion Interests: LGBTQ; racial and ethnic minorities; cultural competency
Favorite thing about CHLA: The enthusiasm and compassion of all our staff!


Richika Makol

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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 ever 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, Equity, Inclusion Interests: 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.


Alexa Manrriquez

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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 learn and explore! I am thrilled to be at CHLA and to have the privilege of caring for our patients. Outside of medicine, I love being outdoors—hiking, camping and spending time with my dog, 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, Equity, Inclusion Interests: mentorship, recruitment and retention of URM students; DEI education
Favorite thing about CHLA: The people, including our amazing patients!


Pedro Orta

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About me: I'm originally from Miami 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, Equity, Inclusion Interests: LGBTQ and immigrant health
Favorite thing about CHLA: Our diverse patient population and optimal location! The residents and faculty are top notch as well!


Kate Rand, MD

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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 and 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 Interests: 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!


Mounica Rao

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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, Equity and Inclusion Interests: promoting early STEM education, especially among young girls; improving cultural competency and diversity among medical professionals; women in medicine
Favorite thing about CHLA: The immensely diverse and rich patient population that I have the privilege of learning from every day.


Brenda Rieger

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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
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Interests: women in medicine; advocacy
Favorite thing about CHLA: The therapy dogs!


Si Wang

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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, Equity, Inclusion Interests: 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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Cynthia Enriquez

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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 Interests: Being the first in my family to graduate college and now a Doctora, I am really passionate about mentorship and increasing diversity in medicine especially with Latinx recruitment efforts.
Favorite things 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.


Richard Kizzee

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About me: Made in Japan. Moved to Florida, California, Missouri and back to California. 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 Interests: 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!


Hillary Lee

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About me: I grew up in the DFW metroplex for 18 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 Interests: 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.


Lauren Nichols

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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. I 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 and 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 Interests: supporting URM in medicine; community advocacy; food insecurity
Favorite thing about CHLA: The people and the weather!


Gabriella Puente

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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, and 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 Interests: health equity for people of color in the U.S.; gender affirming care; increasing the 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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Camille Davis

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About me: Born and raised in Riverside, California, and then spent 10 years on the East Coast before coming back to California for residency. I am first-generation American with both parents hailing from the Caribbean. I am also the first physician in my family. When not in the hospital or at home playing Animal Crossing, I love exploring L.A. and the surrounding area. There is so much to do and to see!
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Undergraduate School: University of Pennsylvania
Medical School: University of Pittsburgh
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Interests: Advocacy for children from underrepresented groups in STEM and medicine - strengthening the pipeline to these fields and getting children excited about science; advocating for children and adolescents with LGBTQ+ identities as they navigate the health care system
Favorite thing about CHLA: The diverse patient population!


Sebastián Gualy

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About me: I am a second-generation Mexican/Colombian American and the first in my family to enter medicine. Started in Houston, Texas, where I served as a translator in a community clinic serving undocumented and underinsured families. I found my way to Philly for medical school and am now excited to spend the next three years in Los Angeles. I love talking about primary care, adolescent medicine, and immigrant and refugee health. Outside of medicine, I love hiking and exploring with my wife and dog, game nights, and trying new recipes!
Pronouns: He/Him/El
Undergraduate School: Southwestern University
Medical School: Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Interests: immigrant and refugee health; advocacy; URM recruitment to mirror the community we serve
Favorite thing about CHLA: Our patients! It's incredibly special being able to serve a large Spanish-speaking immigrant community with the benefits of a large academic medical center.


Saloni Hegde

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About me: I was born and raised in Southern California where I completed my education through undergrad. After taking a several-year detour to Ohio for medical school, I am absolutely thrilled to be back and at CHLA! I feel incredibly grateful to be working with the patients and populations that we serve within L.A.. I love cooking and baking, discovering new types of foods and restaurants, finding secret stairs around L.A., and binging a quality season of "Survivor!"
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Undergraduate School: UCLA
Medical School: University of Toledo College of Medicine
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Interests: health literacy and equity; mentorship; medical education centered around addressing the needs of our patient populations
Favorite thing about CHLA: Our amazing patients and my incredibly lovely co-residents!


John Carlo Pasco

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About me: As a kid, I was only allowed to watch two hours of TV per day, which means I got really good at waiting until everyone was asleep to watch way more than two hours of TV per day. Over the years, I've probably watched over 10,000 hours of television, which is a terrifying number to behold. In those 10,000 hours, however, I've probably seen my ethnicity and my family's culture mentioned—let alone represented—for maybe a total of one hour. Maybe. Diversity to me is sharing and celebrating a diversity of stories in which people can see themselves—stories that they can identify with and in doing so feel empowered to tell their own stories so they don't have to wait 10,000 hours to feel seen.
Pronouns: He/Him/His
Undergraduate School: Stanford University
Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Interests: narrative medicine; cultural humility; diversity within medical education; sharing and encouraging stories from those who do not often get to tell them
Favorite thing about CHLA: Obviously the people are amazing, but I have been eating tacos for dinner on average every four days and I am all about it.


Elizabeth Rinaldi

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About me: I'm a native Southern Californian and am overjoyed to be here at CHLA taking care of our wonderful patients and families. In my free time, I enjoy playing board games with friends, cooking with my husband and taking care of my balcony garden.
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Undergraduate School: Biola University
Medical School: UCLA
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Interests: helping families of children with developmental delays and special needs access appropriate resources; advocacy within the school system
Favorite thing about CHLA: The location close to my family and friends, my awesome co-residents and the amazing families we get to see and learn from every day


Geena Zhou

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About me: I grew up in San Diego and have lived in the Bay Area for a number of years after high school, so I am a Californian at heart, and I have a soft spot for Los Angeles, which is where I completed my undergraduate schooling. I am excited to be here at CHLA for my pediatric residency training. When I'm not in the hospital, I love to spend time with friends, going out to eat sushi, boba, and other great food, and exercising.
Pronouns: She/her/hers
Undergraduate School: UCLA
Medical School: UCSF
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Interest: Increasing diversity and representation in medicine at all levels
Favorite thing about CHLA: CHLA is such a beautiful hospital, and all of the staff are so nice!

Karen Camero – Academic General Pediatrics Fellow

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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, Equity, Inclusion Interests: 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.

 

Anna Egan – Hospital Medicine Fellow

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About me: I enjoy hiking, cooking and doing whatever silly dances or voices it takes to make my daughter belly laugh.
Undergraduate School: Harvard University
Medical School: UC Irvine
Residency: Cornell University
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Interests: looking for everyday opportunities to advocate for my patients in the hospital; sorking to create a more accepting, inclusive and diverse work environment; supporting women and mothers in medicine
Favorite thing about CHLA: The faculty mentorship and the opportunity to care for the underserved.


Kameelah Gateau – Perinatal-Neonatal Fellow

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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 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, Equity, Inclusion Interests: recruiting, supporting and maintaining physicians from diverse backgrounds at a hospital, local and national level; 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.


Joshua Kallman – Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Fellow

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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
Medical School: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, El Paso, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine.
Residency: Emory University Pediatrics Residency Training Program
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Interests: working with patients from underserved areas 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; 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 healing garden!


Ola Kassis – Critical Care Fellow

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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, Equity, Inclusion Interests: 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!


Gabriela Moriel – Emergency Medicine Fellow

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About me: I was born and raised in Los Angeles. My only time away from L.A. 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, Equity, Inclusion Interests: recruiting more Latinos into medicine and pediatrics; serving Spanish-speaking families; mentorship of medical and college students
Favorite thing about CHLA: My co-residents!


Marianela Gomez Rincon – Adolescent Medicine Fellow

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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 the Bronx, New York. 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 Interests: 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: The culture of inclusion and striving to provide the best care to patients.


Jessica Sheth Bhutada – Heme/Onc Fellow

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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 Interests: 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.

Ashaunta Anderson – General Pediatrics Faculty

Ashaunta Anderson

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, Equity, Inclusion Interest: Health disparities research
Favorite thing about CHLA: Opportunities to make a difference


Tanya Arora – Hospice and Palliative Medicine Faculty

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About me: Attending in Palliative Care and professor at USC Keck School of Medicine Global Medicine Program
Pronouns: She/Her
Undergraduate School: Johns Hopkins University
Medical School: USC Keck School of Medicine
Residency: CHLA
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Interests: Cultural humility; medical education; centering clinical care around the lived experiences of patients and families
Favorite thing about CHLA: The people that choose to work here are united in a purpose to provide the best care possible to patients. We are dedicated, committed and caring.


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

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About Me: 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, Equity, Inclusion Interests: mentorship, financial Literacy among medical professionals
Favorite thing about CHLA: patients, co-workers


Patty Castillo – General Pediatrics Faculty

Patty Castillo

Role: General Pediatrics Faculty
About me: I am an LA/San Gabriel Valley native. I love to travel, explore the L.A. food scene, dance and read. I am a general pediatrician and my clinical niche is pediatric obesity prevention and management.
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Undergraduate School: University of San Francisco
Medical School: Loyola Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Interests: Health equity among vulnerable populations; improving pipeline programs; advocacy
Favorite thing about CHLA: My colleagues and our patients!


Lily Chattopadhyay – General Pediatrics Faculty

Lily Chattopadhyay

About me: I am a junior faculty in the Division of General Pediatrics. I am originally from Birmingham, Alabama, and then moved to San Diego, Los Angeles and New York before settling back in L.A. for my residency.
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Undergraduate School: UCLA
Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Interests: 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.


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

Kevin Fang

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 an 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, Equity, Inclusion Interests: 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.


Mayuri Ganupuru – Hospital Medicine Faculty

Mayuri Ganupuru

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


Yvonne Gutierrez – General Pediatrics Faculty

Yvonne Gutierrez

About me: I 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)
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Interest: care of Latinx children with special health care needs in Los Angeles
Favorite thing about CHLA: Our patients, doctors, nurses and staff.
 

Brigitte Huertas Arias – General Pediatrics Attending

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About me: I am a Latina who was born in Colombia and grew up in India and 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 spend time in the sun, find cool bars and work out with my wife. My favorite place in the hospital (after the Healing Garden of course) is the Emergency Department. 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, Equity, Inclusion Interests: Increasing Hispanic recruitment efforts; mentoring
Favorite thing about CHLA: The patient population that we serve.


Joyce Javier– General Pediatrics Faculty

Joyce Javier

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, Equity, Inclusion Interests: 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 the academic workforce
Favorite thing about CHLA: The colleagues and trainees I work with!


Kelsey Johnson – Hospital Medicine Attending

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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 my residency.
Undergraduate School: UCLA
Medical School: Keck School of Medicine of USC
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Interests: 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.


Alana Ju – Hospital Medicine Faculty

Alana Ju

About me: Originally from the San Francisco 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, Equity, Inclusion Interests: 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.


Gauri Kolhatkar – General Pediatrics Faculty

Gauri Kolhatkar

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 Interests: 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.


Fasha Liley, MD - General Pediatrics Faculty, D&I Committee Advisor

Fasha Liley, MD

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Undergraduate School: UCLA
Medical School: UCLA
Residency Program: CHLA
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Interest: Health Care Equity, training the next generation to know about and embrace diversity so that individuals are seen and not just race, Changing Academic culture to support and promote URM's
Favorite thing about CHLA: The community here is like no other


Kira Molas-Torreblanca – Hospital Medicine Faculty

Kira Molas-Torreblanca

About me: Desert rat raised in Palm Springs, lover of tennis, travel, dance and photography. I’m also an 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, Equity, Inclusion Interest: mentorship for women in medicine
Favorite thing about CHLA: My co-workers, the artisan coffee shops near the hospital and working with our amazing medical students, residents and fellows.


Alyssa Morse, MD - Emergency and Transport Medicine Faculty

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About Me: I am a former CHLA resident and have been a part of this committee for 3 years! As a resident I helped to develop new additions to our advocacy curriculum and helped found a hospital-wide committee to address potential biases in our Behavioral Emergency Response Team activations. In my free time I enjoy going to local farmers markets, cooking, baking and watching sitcoms.
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Undergraduate School: UC Berkeley
Medical School: Keck School of Medicine of USC
Residency Program: CHLA
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Interest: I am passionate about recruitment and retention of underrepresented minorities in medicine. I am also interested in creating and improving systems that provide equitable access to high-quality healthcare.
Favorite thing about CHLA: The residents, D&I interview season socials, poke bowl day in the cafeteria.


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

Christopher Russell

About me: I am originally from Burbank, California and I love live performances (musicals, live music and dance).
Pronouns: He/Him/His
Undergraduate School: Harvard University
Medical School: Harvard University
Residency: University of California, San Francisco
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Interests: increasing the number of underrepresented in medicine/ pediatrics; LGBT issues
Favorite thing about CHLA: The diverse patient population.


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

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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, Equity, Inclusion Interests: recruitment and retention; mentorship; financial literacy
Favorite thing about Children’s Hospital Los Angeles: 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.


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

Michelle Thompson

About me: CHLA “lifer.” I love reading, music, shopping and dogs. I love to laugh!
Undergraduate School: University of Virginia (UVA)
Medical School: UVA
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion 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.


Bianca Edison – Orthopedic Faculty; Children’s Orthopaedic Center Sports Medicine and Concussion Program

Bianca Edison

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, Equity, Inclusion Interest: mentorship
Favorite thing about CHLA: The patients and families and the faculty.


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

Adriana Hernandez

About me: Originally from St. Louis, Missouri. I love cooking everything that Bon Appetit tells me to, yoga, and I am currently working on hiking my way through our National Parks!
Undergraduate School: Tulane University
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Interest: equitable health care for our large immigrant population
Favorite thing about CHLA: The people! I came here for residency and never left!


Maria Santos – Hospital Medicine Attending

Maria Santos

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, I hope to give back to the underserved people that grew up just like me. I love running, working out, cooking and lounging on the So Cal 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, Equity, Inclusion Interests: advocating for families with limited English proficiency; women in medicine
 

Jennifer Raymond, MD, MCR – Chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism; Clinical Diabetes Director

Jennifer Raymond

About me: I grew up on a farm in Kansas, and I went to college knowing I wanted to focus on caring for others. I wanted a path that combined behavioral health, continuity of care, working in a team, and advocacy, which led me to pediatric diabetes. I study behavioral interventions and clinical models, predominately in adolescents and young adults. I came to CHLA to specifically focus on advocacy and developing interventions for those who need us to be our absolute best. I am impressed, inspired and humbled by our patients, families and colleagues on a daily basis. When not at CHLA, I enjoy being outside, running trails, spending time with my family and being a mama—there is no better teacher than a 6-year-old!
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Undergraduate School: Kansas State University
Medical School: University of Kansas
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Interest: equity in health care, representation within health care, and advocacy for changes in policies impacting underrepresented and lower SES children and families
Favorite thing about CHLA: The people! Our team members are all here because they, too, want to make a difference and care for those who need us to be our absolute best. It is incredible to be surrounded by people who share your passion for caring for all. And of course, the patients and families are unmatched!