By Janice O’Leary
Come meet California Surgeon General and USC and Keck School of Medicine of USC alumna Diana Ramos, MD, on January 25. Hear her speak with Keck School Dean Carolyn Meltzer, MD during the inaugural session of the Dean’s new lecture series, Bold Thinkers of Our Time, about the health priorities for the state, from mental health to reproductive rights, and her strategies for improving health care parity across demographics.
Ramos earned her bachelor’s degree in communications and science from USC before earning her medical degree at the Keck School. She will be giving up her regular practice as an OB/GYN while in the surgeon general position but will remain on the faculty at LAC+USC Hospital, a place she says has taught her a lot about compassionate care and bridging the gaps in treating underserved populations. She previously worked at the California Department of Public Health’s Center for Healthy Communities, where she oversaw the state’s public health and prevention programs.
She’s also a proud role model for Hispanic women and wants other Hispanic women to know they can make a difference, and that any one person can make an impact on the state of California.
The double Trojan also earned a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles and recently, an MBA from the University of California, Irvine. She says she pursued a business degree to better understand innovative solutions within health systems and how private and public entities might work cooperatively to benefit patients across the state.
The event takes place on Wednesday, January 25, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm, with a reception after Dr. Ramos’s talk. It will be held in the Mayer Auditorium inside the Keith Administration Building on the Health Sciences Campus. To register for the event, please click here. The event will also be broadcasted via Zoom. Pre-register for the Zoom event here, and a Zoom webinar link will be sent to you. The event is free and open to the entire USC community.