Department of Family Medicine faculty members, both physicians and scientists, are world-renown in their subspecialties. Faculty members are passionate in their clinical care and research practices, as well as being mentors for medical students and trainees. The department also invests significant funds to provide protected time and lab space for junior faculty to perform research.
Maldonado worked as an emergency medicine PA at LAC+USC Medical Center and has continued to practice in family medicine. Her life mission includes contributing to the delivery of culturally sensitive healthcare to medically underserved populations and serving as an empowerment ally of disadvantaged communities.
She is a founder and director of the USC PA Pipeline Program, where once a month, students from underserved areas of Los Angeles work with PA students on learning about various careers in health. During these sessions, the visiting students are introduced to a wide range of professions through expert panels, workshops and educational sessions. By exposing kindergarten through college-aged students, who are often the first generation to attend university, Maldonado and the program strive to inspire and guide them to attain their future career goals.
Maldonado completed her undergraduate studies in psychology at USC and earned a Master’s degree in public health from UCLA.