Los Angeles, California, United States
Alejandra Casillas, MD, MSHS, is an Assistant Professor in Residence in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research, Department of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Dr. Casillas completed her undergraduate studies at Harvard College and medical studies at Harvard Medical School, where she received the Dean’s Community Service Award. She then finished her internal medicine and primary care residency training at the University of California San Francisco, also serving as Chief Medical Resident at UCSF Medical Center from 2008-2009. Dr. Casillas returned to her native hometown of Los Angeles as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at UCLA, and received a Masters’ of Science degree from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Dr. Casillas, a bilingual (English/Spanish) physician and researcher, focuses on improving the quality of health care and health-services access for vulnerable and underserved populations. From 2012-2016, Dr. Casillas led research projects abroad, helping the Swiss Office of Public Health respond to the immigrant refugee crisis in Europe. Since finally again returning to Los Angeles in 2016, Dr. Casillas has focused her time on research projects in partnership with the LA County Department of Health Services, to improve the deployment of bilingual, patient-centered digital health tools in the safety net. Wearing her other hats as UCLA faculty and professor, Dr. Casillas takes pride in mentoring Latino and First Generation (First Gen) students, and helped to create the UCLA School of Medicine First Gen Coalition, which helps to support UCLA medical students who, like Dr. Casillas, were the first in their families to attend college.