"Gabriel Mendoza was born in Santa Ana, California, but lived in Westminster, CA until the age of 4. He then moved to Long Beach, CA, where his family still lives. His parents are originally from Nezacualcotyl, Mexico. Gabriel attended Lakewood High School, and subsequently attended UCLA where he graduated with a major in Neuroscience and minor in Spanish Linguistics. After graduating college, he spent a year with the AmeriCorps organization City Year, mentoring and tutoring 9th-grade students at Jordan High School in Watts. This experience, along with his upbringing in West Long Beach, has stirred a passion towards address health disparities and caring for underserved communities. Moreover, he is currently most interested in Med-Peds as a potential speciality. He is part of the CDU/UCLA Medical Education Program, and is the Treasurer for the Class of 2019. He is also Co-Coordinator of the Ultrasound Interest Group at David Geffen School of Medicine, and is helping conduct Medical Education research in Point-of-Care Ultrasound for the Department of Medicine at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. In his free time, he enjoys to watch and play sports, particularly volleyball and basketball, and dine at different restaurants in LA."

Undergrad Institution: UC Los Angeles

Hometown: Long Beach, CA