Carmen Ramirez, MD

University of California, Los Angeles

I was born in Soloma, Guatemala, but came to California at the age of 2 with my parents and four older brothers. I grew up in Nuevo, a small town part of the Riverside County, and graduated from a small charter high school. I grew up in a very traditional Mayan family, and returned to visit my family in Guatemala at the age of 12. Through these trips to Guatemala, witnessing my friends and family struggle to access health care and basic needs such as running water/ electricity, that I found my inspiration to pursue a career in medicine, in hopes of one day becoming a doctor that works with underserved families, such as my own.

I ended up attending UCR majoring in biochemistry, and was the first in my family to graduate from college.  I was accepted to the UCR/UCLA Thomas Haider program and graduated from UCLA. During my medical school years,  I remained close to my passion for community medicine and serving the underserved by taking up leadership roles in the Student Run Health clinic in the Riverside county, participating in an externship at the Riverside county medical center, and making a clinical rotation at the government run clinic in Soloma, Guatemala.

The decision to pursue family medicine was nurtured not only by these experiences but by the many role models in family medicine that I met during clinical rotations at Harbor-UCLA. I am grateful for the opportunity and experience to train at VCMC as a full spectrum family physician.

In my free time, I love to spend time with my husband, play with our dogs (Django, Abby), read books/ write (when time permits), watch movies, go wine tasting, and walk by the beach.