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P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans

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Dora Castañeda Rodriguez, 2006

MD, Stanford University

Dora Castañeda Rodriguez is the child of immigrants from Mexico

Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MD in Medicine at Stanford University

Dora Castañeda Rodriguez is an attending staff anesthesiologist at Kaiser Permanente and mother to two daughters. Dora is the daughter of Mexican immigrants who settled in Los Angeles in 1974.

Dora graduated cum laude from University of California at Irvine in 2001 with a BS in biological sciences. She received her MD from Stanford University.

In pursuit of her medical degree, Dora published three scientific papers on her work in the epilepsy research section at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. Intrigued by the complexities of research, she is devoted to improving medicine through basic science, with emphasis on applying her findings to cerebrovascular disease. Dora aspires to mold a basic science and public health approach to research with direct applications to the health of medically underserved populations, especially in stroke treatment and prevention as an academic neurosurgeon.

  • MD Medicine | Stanford University 2008
  • BS Biological Sciences | University of California, Irvine 2001
Work History
  • Kaiser Permanente, Anesthesiologist