Hometown: Coral Springs, FL
Undergraduate: University of Florida
Medical School: Ohio State University
About me: I was born and raised in South Florida, and although I’m Cuban, I have always surrounded myself around many other cultures. One of the most attractive aspects of Children’s Hospital Colorado and Denver Health was the diversity of our patient population. In just my continuity clinic at the Child Health Clinic, I have the opportunity to care for patients from all over the world. Our program genuinely serves the underserved, and DIPC helps us blend our unique backgrounds to understand and teach the barriers our patients face. When I’m not at the hospital, you can catch me exploring a new hike and blaming any exercise-induced shortness of breath on the altitude. I’m also addicted to salsa dancing, and the scenes in Denver and Boulder son muy buenos.
Hometown: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Medical School: UFRJ - Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
About me: I was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where I went to medical school before I decided to come by myself to the US to do my pediatric training. DIPC is one of the most extraordinary things about our Residency Program. This fantastic group of people gives me a real sense of FAMILY even being 6,000 miles from home. I am interested in health disparities and Latino health, and I am very grateful for the diverse population that we take care of and for having Denver Health as part of our training. I am undecided about fellowship (NICU? GI? PICU? All of the above?). Honestly, I am still learning to be more outdoorsy, and I promise you don’t have to be a ski pro to be happy here. Coming from a developing country, I am pleased to share my unique experiences and to bring the happy Brazilian culture everywhere I go.
Hometown: Chapel Hill, NC
Undergraduate: Boston College
Medical School: University of North Carolina
About me: I was raised in a multiracial household composed of West Indian and Dutch American cultures. I spent a lot of my childhood in Trinidad and Tobago, where much of my mother’s family still lives. As a biracial woman of color and daughter of an immigrant, I have spent a lot of time reflecting on my own identity as well as committing energy to Diversity and Inclusion efforts throughout my training. In Colorado, DIPC serves as a source of community and support and an avenue to continue to promote diversity in medicine. I believe that a more representative physician workforce that reflects the patients served leads to better patient outcomes and satisfaction. My interests in medicine include Pulmonology and Global Health. In my personal time I enjoy traveling, reading, practicing hot yoga, and spending time with my partner.
Hometown: Elmhurst, IL
Undergraduate: Northwestern University
Medical School: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
About me: I grew up in a predominantly white suburb of Chicago whose demography was forged by the racist practices of redlining and white flight. Fortunately, during college, I had the opportunity to experience more diverse parts of the city and learn how systemic discrimination selectively distributes wealth and opportunity to certain groups and not others. Before medical school, I spent time living in Sub-Saharan Africa and working for the CDC. These experiences helped shape my understanding of racism as a public health crisis. As a pediatrics resident at the University of Colorado, I am grateful that learning how to address injustice as a pediatrician is an integral part of my training. Opportunities like the Global Health Track, Advocacy Committee, Queer Mentoring Group, and Diversity in Pediatrics Committee have helped me become a better physician ally and advocate for my patients. Moreover, I put what I learn into practice every day by caring for families in the diverse and vibrant communities of Denver and Aurora through my work at both the Children’s Hospital Colorado and the county public safety net hospital, Denver Health. When I’m not at work, I enjoy cooking and crafting with my husband, checking out the local arts and culture scenes in Denver’s many neighborhoods, and exploring the incredible beauty of Colorado’s mountains.
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Undergraduate: University of California, Berkeley
Medical School: University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine
About me: I am a third-generation Chinese American born and raised in San Francisco Chinatown. I moved to Chicago for medical school after working as a neurolinguistic researcher, and I came out as gay during my third year. As someone who is still discovering what it looks like to hold and celebrate multiple identities, I appreciate the diversity Denver has to offer as well as the honest discussions on race, inequity, and bias that both my residency program and DIPC have embraced. My interests include Pediatric Emergency Medicine, LGBTQ+ health, Quality and Improvement, and minority health and representation in medicine and academia. I live with my partner and COVID-induced dog named Sylvia. I enjoy The West Wing, knitting body parts, reading John Irving and Chinese sci-fi, and elaborate board games.
Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI
Undergraduate: University of Michigan - Go Blue!
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin
About me: I was born and raised in Ann Arbor as a daughter of Vietnamese refugees and as a first-generation college student. My upbringing gave me insight into the challenges of navigating America with a linguistic barrier as I often helped translate for my family. When looking at residency programs, my goal was to train at a place that cares for patients from diverse backgrounds and to give back to the refugee and immigrant communities, which I found at Colorado. My co-residents are like a second family away from home. Through the Diversity in Pediatrics Committee, the Global Health Track, and the Advocacy Committee, I appreciate that through DIPC and our program, we continually reevaluate the ways we can best use our roles as physicians to better advocate for our patients. When I am not at the hospital, I enjoy skiing (but you do not have to enjoy the outdoors to love Colorado), escape rooms, and how dog-friendly Denver is (pictured: not actually my dog).
Hometown: Richfield, MN
Undergraduate: University of Minnesota
Medical School: University of Minnesota
Year: Alum, Fellow in Infectious Disease
About me: As a child of Vietnamese refugees, I grew up in a bilingual and bicultural home. I have a strong interest in health disparities work both locally and internationally. I was in the Global Health Track and worked closely with the immigrant and refugee communities here in Colorado in addition to communities abroad. In my free time, I enjoy dancing and co-choreographing a traditional Vietnamese dance group with my sister, trying new foods, and traveling with my family and friends!
Hometown: Albuquerque, NM
Year: Alum, Faculty
About me: I was born, raised, and trained in Albuquerque (this was my first time away from home)! I grew up in an Indian household within a non-Indian community. However, I was constantly surrounded by so many cultures and languages and traditions that I never really felt out of place. My community taught me to respect differences and use them to create and advocate for unity, and that was the perspective with which I approached DIPC and diversity in medicine. I chose to become a Pediatrician because this is the field that feels the most rewarding to me – I feel like we experience the most fulfilling patient (and parent) physician interactions. Plus, when your patients smile even through sickness, you get a lot of motivation to push through those long days!
Hometown: Johannesburg, South Africa
Undergraduate: Tufts University, Boston
Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston
Year: Alum, Fellow in Pediatric Emergency Medicine
About me: I was excited to be a part of DIPC because of my interests in LGBT health, fostering an accepting and welcoming environment within the residency program, promoting diversity in recruitment, and educating my fellow residents about issues pertaining to diversity. When applying to residency programs, I realized that Children's serves a hugely diverse population with a large Latinx community in Aurora, and with Denver being a major refugee resettlement city. I was also attracted to the program's affiliation with Denver Health, which serves a large Medicaid population. Outside of work I like to ski/snowboard, SCUBA dive, travel, and walk anywhere there is a body of water!
Hometown: Trujillo, Peru
Undergraduate: Texas Woman's University
Medical School: UT Southwestern Medical Center
Year: Alum, Faculty
About me: I was born and raised in Peru and then moved to Texas at the age of 11. Growing up, I experienced certain obstacles that come with being part of a minority, and which helped me become aware of the importance of groups like DIPC in promoting acceptance, inclusion, and equity. Denver's patient population is one of the most appealing aspects of this program. Denver is in a unique position to offer the opportunity for me to not only work with a large Latinx community, but also refugee families from Nepal, Burma, Vietnam, and Ethiopia (to name only a few). My interests in medicine include allergy and immunology as well as primary care. This is why I believe DIPC is such an invaluable organization, as it helps to train physicians in cultural literacy needed to form therapeutic alliances. Like the majority of people in Colorado, I love spending time in the mountains and usually use my days off to explore the sights this beautiful state has to offer.
Hometown: Arlington, TX
Undergraduate: Yale University
Medical School: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Year: Alum, Fellow in Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Why Colorado? During my interview day, I remember meeting upper-level residents who seemed confident in their education and satisfied with their preparedness for practice beyond residency. They also seemed to genuinely enjoy each other’s company and look out for each other. I really appreciated what I saw of the culture and was not disappointed in my experience! My co-residents were absolutely lovely, and the mountains and sunshine provided an excellent backdrop for my training. I also loved exploring different restaurants, parks, and festivals!
Hometown: Kansas City, KS
Undergraduate: DePauw University, Greencastle, IN
Medical School: Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO
I'm interested in children with complex medical conditions, respite care, and pediatrics rehabilitation. I recall the excitement I felt during the residency application and interview process when I first realized that the University of Colorado Denver and Children's Hospital Colorado had a committee dedicated to increasing awareness of diversity and inclusion within its hospital and on campus. I was happy when the committee demonstrated its interest in me and other diverse applicants and appreciative of the informal dinner where I got to better know the residency’s diverse residents, faculty and staff. I was thankful to have been a member of DIPC. Throughout my time in the pediatric residency, I saw the commitment to diversity and inclusion in action. I saw our committee grow and become a stronger presence within the residency, bringing forth speakers, educational lectures, and increasing the discourse around difficult topics in diversity, inclusion and biases. Denver and Aurora are diverse places with thriving Latinx, LGBTQ, black and refugee communities (to name a few), and I enjoyed seeing and learning more from these different voices both inside and outside of the hospital. I loved that there was no shortage of outside activities in which to participate in Denver and the surrounding areas. City life has First Fridays in the art district, as well as free jazz concerts in City Park during the summer months. For the foodie in me, I enjoyed indulging the new tastes and flavors Denver had to offer; restaurants, tap rooms, and breweries are abundant and a constant joy to discover.