Ruth Pedraza, M.D.
University of Kansas School of Medicine; Ruth was born and raised in Santa Ana Maya Michoacan, Mexico. At the age of seventeen, Ruth along with her two sisters and parents moved to Oxnard CA. Shortly after arriving to the US, Ruth and her family had their first encounter with the US healthcare system where Ruth immediately noticed the huge need for bi-cultural and bilingual physicians in an area where the majority of the population is Hispanic. Ruth attended the local community college while learning English and completing general education to eventually transfer to the University of California Davis where she graduated with degrees in Exercise Biology and Chicano Studies. While at UC Davis, she was an active participant and leader in the student-run Clinica Tepati. After taking two years off and working as a para-educator for Special Education at the local high school, Ruth moved to Kansas for medical school. During medical school Ruth established the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) as an official organization on campus and organized a wide range of events to bring awareness and exposure to Latino health on her campus. Ruth was also president of the Student Diversity Council and served as part of the Executive Vice-chancellor Diversity Cabinet. Ruth is very passionate about mentoring students from underserved backgrounds to pursue careers in medicine specifically to address the huge need for culturally competent primary care physicians. Ruth is especially interested in women’s health and preventative medicine. She is very excited to join the Santa Rosa, CA community and become an advocate for her patients. In her free time Ruth enjoys spending time with her family and fiancé, traveling, knitting and reading.
School: University of Kansas School of Medicine
Alumni Year: 2021
Santa Rosa CA 95407