Daniela is a Resident Physician in family medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. She is originally from Bogotá, Colombia and migrated to Miami, FL at the age of twelve with her mom and sister. Her focus before and throughout medical school has been on community-based advocacy, working with farmworkers and domestic workers. Daniela has an interest in policy, and as a Rappaport Fellow has worked at the Massachusetts State House developing a strategic plan to meet the legal needs of immigrant youth. She is a 2015 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow. Daniela intends to use her medical and policy training to advocate for marginalized communities as a community physician.
Soon after immigrating, Daniela was introduced to the American health care system as she began interpreting at doctor’s appointments for her chronically ill grandmother. During these visits, she was struck by the profound disparities in health care for those with limited English proficiency. Meanwhile, Daniela was noticing how difficult life could be for immigrant families, like her own, who were having trouble finding jobs and making ends meet. Daniela decided she would pursue what felt like an impossible goal, becoming a doctor.
As a college student, Daniela founded Progresa, a community-based research project at the University of Miami, which aimed to increase access to education for farmworker children. She concurrently volunteered at a free clinic whose mission is to serve low-income, uninsured patients, which solidified her intent to become a community physician.