Kiana Guerrero, M.D., M.S.Ed.
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical sciences- SUNY Buffalo; Kiana grew up in the South Bronx after emigrating with her family from the Dominican Republic at the age of 10. After graduating from New York University, Kiana served in an AmeriCorps program in the South Bronx. There, she implemented an in-school literacy program that helped struggling students pass state examinations, executed an after-school program and directed a winter enrichment camp. The latter aided working parents during non-school hours and engaged their children in community projects that included growing vegetables in community gardens, mulching native trees, and painting murals in local parks. Kiana continued her service through the NYC Teaching Fellows Program in which she taught science for five years in high-needs schools, including four years in the South Bronx, while obtaining her Master’s in Science Education from the City College of New York. As a medical student, Kiana continued her involvement with underserved communities as the elected Minority Issues Committee Liaison for the American Medical Association (AMA) chapter in Buffalo. She implemented a nationwide AMA program, which brought together 227 high school students, 50 first-year medical students, and 8 community physicians with the goal of encouraging minority students to pursue a health science career. When Kiana is not hiking, she is canoeing or planning day adventures for her nieces and nephews. This ‘South Bronx gal’ is thrilled to continue to serve minority communities as a family physician with the help of the idealistic and passionate individuals of the Santa Rosa residency community.
Alumni Year: 2020