Dr. Donald Portocarrero, is a gastroenterology fellow at Loma Linda University medical center in Loma Linda, California. He was born in Lima, Peru and immigrated to the United States when he was 10 years old. He grew up in Santa Ana, California. His motivations to become a physician stem from his early childhood experiences where he witnessed his family struggle to get medical care. A greater challenge was his documentation status at the time, but despite getting discouraged by others- he continued working toward his dream- completed his undergraduate coursework at Orange Coast Community college and UCLA where he majored in Psychobiology. Pre-med groups like Chicanos/Latinos for community medicine at UCLA gave him the opportunity to provide free health education and care to Latino patients. He was also inspired by another physician mentor, Dr. Ismael Nuño, a cardiothoracic surgeon at USC. He continued to find ways to balance his studies and social commitments to prepare for medical school, and completed a UCLA post-bac re-applicant program. He went on to complete his medical education at the Western University of Health Sciences School of Medicine, residency training at White Memorial Medical Center. Mentorship changed his life, and he continues to thrive as a physician by giving back to his community through his service, and mentorship!
Chicanos/Latinos for Community Medicine, UCLA: http://ccmatucla.weebly.com/
Dr. Ismael Nuño: http://nunomd.com/
UCLA Medical School Re-Applicant Program: http://www.medstudent.ucla.edu/offices/aeo/rap.cfm
Western University of Health Sciences, School of Medicine: http://www.westernu.edu/
White-Memorial Internal Medicine Residency: http://www.whitememorial.com/medical-education/
Loma Linda Gastroenterology Fellowship: