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Welcome, Dr. Laura Zavala

Dr. Zavala
  1. Where did you grow up? Long Beach, California

  2.  Medical School – University of Minnesota Medical School

  3. Residency – University of California, Irvine Family Medicine Residency Program

  4. Current Practice –  UCI Family Health Center Santa Ana

  5. Special Interests – community medicine, diversity equity and inclusion in medical education, Latinx health

  6. Personal Interests – spending time with my family, reading fiction, listening to music, watching anime

  7. Fun Fact about yourself – I spent a few years of my childhood living in Jalisco Mexico on my grandparents' ranch. I have also run a couple of marathons.

  8. Why did you choose UCI? I first came to UCI as a resident because I was drawn to the unique program with strong community ties in an academic health setting. I immediately fell in love with the program and saw just how special the UCI FMH at Santa Ana was. I enjoyed seeing patients at the Santa Ana clinic that reminded me of my own family and my community. I hoped that I would be able to come back to this community once I completed my training.

  9. Future plans? I plan to continue practicing as an outpatient primary care doctor and to work with learners. I hope to inspire other individuals from underrepresented backgrounds to pursue a career in medicine. 

  10. Anything else you’d like to share about yourself? I am so honored and ecstatic to be able to return to UCI to provide primary care to the community of Santa Ana and Orange County.