Noel Carrillo was born and raised in East Los Angeles, California. He comes from a low-income Latino family that immigrated to the U.S. and he has witnessed first-hand the health disparities that affect the Latino community. His passion for working with underserved populations stems from the fact that he grew up in a neighborhood where gang violence was rampant, health disparities were present and where educational opportunities were limited. These factors motivated him to succeed in school in order to reach his goal of becoming a physician and to be able to give back to his community, as well as other underserved communities. After attending Garfield High School in East, Los Angeles, he moved to the bay area where he attended the University of California-Berkeley and majored in Integrative Biology and Psychology. During college, he was an active member of Chicanos/Latinos for Health Education and he volunteered at a non-profit where he helped immigrant families receive political asylum. He also volunteered at a HIV/STD community clinic in San Francisco known as Magnet, where he served the LGBT population. He was also part of the Mentoring in Medicine Program at Highland Hospital, where he got the opportunity to shadow physicians and residents in the Emergency Department. After college, he moved back to East Los Angeles, where he volunteered at White Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Department. He also began working as a health educator in a non-profit that focused on providing HIV/STD prevention information to gay Latino men in South and East Los Angeles. In addition, he worked as a health educator for another non-profit where he provided information on treatment options and clinical trials to patients with pancreatic cancer. Now, as a current member of the PRIME Program at UCLA and as a LMSA Lennox Health Fair coordinator, he hopes to continue working with underserved populations. His goal is to work as a physician in an underserved neighborhood and to establish a mentorship program for future underprivileged pre-medical students and a non-profit that provides medical care and resources to underserved patients.

Undergrad Institution: UC Berkeley

Hometown: East Los Angeles, CA