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Desiree Carmen, M.D., M.P.H.

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine; Desiree grew up along the US-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas, as the oldest of three girls and was the first in her family to attend medical school. Growing up in the largest bi-cultural region in the Western hemisphere, her interests were in story-telling and community service. She attended American University in Washington, DC, where she majored in Biology and minored in Communication Studies. Her undergraduate journalism career focused on the healthcare and science stories that affected the nation, including climate change, health disparities, and advancing technologies. She moved back to El Paso to attend medical school, where she was active in student government and served in leadership roles at the medical student run clinics. Outside of school, Desi could be found taking photos at rallies or protests and volunteering to help migrants being processed at the border. She obtained her MPH at UTHealth Houston while in medical school, with several research projects focusing on barriers to healthcare access in the immigrant population, Native American water rights, and physician advocacy. Her interests in medicine include obstetrics, global health, LGBTQIA medicine, and refugee healthcare. In her free time, Desi is listening to podcasts, writing, going on outdoor adventures, or watching TV with her Instagram famous golden retriever named Champagne.

Residency Year: Year 3