Karla Panameño, M.D.
University of California, Davis; Karla was born in El Salvador and immigrated to the East Bay with her parents. Her interest in medicine is rooted in her family’s experiences with economic, social, and cultural barriers to healthcare. As both an undergraduate and medical student she dedicated time to student-run clinics, working alongside passionate medical students, physicians, and student volunteers to provide primary health care services to community members with limited resources. She mentored other minority students to pursue a health career and was active in providing medical education to her peers at UC Davis. She has a strong passion for the implementation of pipeline programs for youth, as a first-generation physician. She chose to become a family medicine physician to practice patient-centered care through health education, interdisciplinary team care, and partnering with patients and communities to navigate the complexities of the medical system and their health. Her parents instilled a strong work ethic that she proudly carries onto patient care. Her professional interest includes woman’s health, behavioral health, immigrant health, community health, palliative care, and the creation of pipeline programs for youth. Karla looks forward to embracing the Santa Rosa community as her home and enjoying the various hiking trails that Santa Rosa has to offer. Her other interest includes kayaking, cooking, baking, and spending time with her family and loved ones.
School: UC Davis School of Medicine
Alumni Year: 2021