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University of California, San Francisco

Excellence Integrity Relationship


Julissa Lopez, M.D.

University of California, Davis; Julissa was born in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, México, but immigrated to Nebraska as a child and grew up surrounded by cornfields and the Great Plains. When not contemplating the stars and galaxies of the universe, she observed the cultural barriers her family faced in the US healthcare system. Since moving to the desert heat of the Coachella Valley, to this day, her parents can be seen accessing the point-of-care medicine at the free-standing laboratories and pharmacy-based physician offices at the bordertown of Mexicali, MX. After becoming radicalized by San Francisco Bay Area politics as an undergraduate at UC Berkeley, the interplay between health and the consequences of US politics became very obvious for her. Hence, she became passionate about efforts to provide underserved communities access to healthcare. During medical school, she was a co-director of a student-run, free clinic in Sacramento, she was also involved with the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) in mentoring pre-health students, and she spent some time learning about policy and advocating for Health4All at the State Capitol. Overall, she believes that good health is central to living a dignified quality life which can be achieved through the holistic and preventative principles and care that Family Medicine provides. Additionally, she believes long-lasting change begins with investment in youth, thus she hopes to explore her interest in adolescent medicine during residency. She is super juiced to be joining a group of compassionate and inspiring people at Sutter Santa Rosa and to finally be putting her lifelong dream of providing passionate, conscientious, and thorough healthcare to the communities who need it the most into action. In her free time, she strives to explore and retain her cultural roots, she loves to see new places and try new food, and she tries to get in touch with nature as much possible.

Residency Year: Year 3