Kareen Espino, M.D., M.P.H.
University of California, Irvine; Kareen (“Car-en”) was born in Guatemala and immigrated to Los Angeles, California when she was 11 years old. She was raised in a single parent home and is the first in her family to attend both college and medical school. Growing up in underprivileged communities in Los Angeles exposed her to many inequities including health disparities that disproportionally affect the Latino community. These experiences contributed to her desire to become a physician. After graduating from UCLA with a B.A. in History, she took time off to pursue a public policy fellowship, complete a post-baccalaureate program and work in an Emergency Department in Orange County. She gained acceptance to UC Irvine SOM’s Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community (PRIME-LC) which trains physician leaders who can address the healthcare needs of underserved Latinos in California. She is interested in eliminating health disparities, health policy as it pertains to healthcare reform and reproductive rights as well as increasing access to higher education for students of color. Outside the clinic, Kareen enjoys spending time with family/friends, running, traveling, and watching sports.
Alumni Year: 2016