Women in Medicine Faculty Spotlight:
Dr. Julie Sierra
Dr. Julie Sierra is a primary care internal medicine physician at UCSD with an interest in the care of underserved populations. Prior to joining UCSD, she was the Clinic Medical Director at the main clinic site of San Ysidro Health, and has practiced in New Mexico, Hawaii, and Chicago as well.
Dr. Sierra decided to become a doctor after spending a few weeks interpreting for surgical teams from the U.S. and Canada while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador. She went to medical school at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago and completed her residency at Evanston Northwestern Healthcare in Evanston (now NorthShore University Health System), where she also did a year as chief resident.
During medical school, she traveled with multiple medical teams to El Salvador and Nicaragua, taking care of patients in rural communities with limited access to healthcare. She has also spent several months in Cuba, studying their healthcare system and working side by side with their physicians. In addition to her current UCSD clinical work and teaching residents and medical students, she is active in the care of refugees at the US-Mexico border. She spends most Saturdays in Tijuana, traveling to multiple shelters and taking care of refugees from the caravan as well as for homeless Mexican citizens. During the week she often volunteers at the San Diego Rapid Response shelter, screening asylum seekers for contagious diseases, tending to their acute medical needs, and welcoming to the United States.
UC San Diego Internal Medicine Residency Program Diversity Efforts Featured in American Heart Association News
The residency program's Director of Diversity in Medicine Dr. Luis Castellanos has been featured in an article written by the American Heart Association highlighting our efforts to recruit diverse physicians into the program. You can read the article
Dr Tosha Songolo
Hometown: Madison, WI
About me: I went to undergrad at UW-Madison, med school at University of Illinois-Chicago. I love languages (I speak French fluently, Spanish pretty well and some Swahili), cooking (all types of cuisine), running, African dance and I'm obsessed with Costco. As a child, I had a a strange obsession with Hulk Hogan (we all went through that phase, right?)
Why I chose UCSD: I had a really good feeling after my interview here and fell in love with San Diego. I was born in Irvine and then my family moved to Wisconsin, but we always wanted to come back to Cali, so here I am! I also am interested in global health and wanted to continue to pursue my interests at an institution with global health/policy opportunities for residents.
Favorite place: Balboa Park. Every time I go, I discover a new path, museum, animal at the zoo or picnic spot.
Favorite UCSD memory: Bonding with my co-interns after Friday School
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