NAME: Diana Ramos, MD, MPH, FACOG
HOMETOWN: Los Angeles
PROFESSION: Medical Director for Reproductive Health, Los Angeles Public Health Dept.; Assoc. Clinical Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology, USC; Physician in OBGYN, Anaheim/Baldwin Park Kaiser Permanente
Hello, my name is Dr. Diana Ramos, and I hope to inspire future doctors to be open-minded and do things from a different perspective.”
At an early age, Dr. Diana Ramos knew she wanted to be a physician and help others. But, it wasn’t until she was a medical student, going through rotations, that she would focus on obstetrics and gynecology.
“I walked into an exam room, and the woman said, ‘Thank goodness you’re a woman. You’re my doctor who’s gonna be taking care of me.’ I thought wow, I can really make a difference in somebody’s life just by being a female and providing the services that they’re there to seek.”
She understands being a female, bi-lingual doctor makes an impact.
“Patients are willing to open up and share personal health experiences they, many times, never shared with anyone else because they couldn’t connect with their provider,” said Ramos.
Currently, Dr. Ramos is the Medical Director for Reproductive Health for the Los Angeles Public Health Department, while still practicing medicine. This allows her to jump from one role to another and give insight on how healthcare can be improved.
She says healthcare in our state faces many challenges—our elected leaders need to step up and make healthcare a priority, so doctors can better provide care for their patients.
“There are already health initiatives in place, but politicians need to make them into policy—legislation—so that we, as doctors are able to enforce them.”
Dr. Ramos, also an associate professor at University of Southern California, feels blessed she’s mentoring future doctors, “I care about helping people in my community become healthier and live longer. It’s a blessing being able to do what I do.”