UNIVERSITY TRACK RESIDENT
Hi! My name is Daniella Ortiz. I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA (go Steelers!). While studying neuroscience and Spanish as a pre-med student at University of Pittsburgh, I found a passion for health justice and understanding the disparities that drive health inequity. I traveled to Honduras as part of a sustainable medical partnership between Pitt and a community health network near Tegucigalpa and became even more eager to learn how to advance health equity both locally and globally.
I then moved to Ann Arbor to attend medical school at the University of Michigan. While there, I was involved with projects focusing on diversifying our healthcare workforce. I loved working with our mentorship program partnered with a local Detroit high school and doing research to better understand the gaps not yet being addressed in pipeline programs. I was also deeply engaged with work in the medical student wellness space and helped to launch a new opt-out mental health support program for Michigan medical students. I am bringing my passions for healthcare worker wellness and diversification with me to UNC!
Family Medicine was the perfect fit for me, as I feel that primary care across the lifespan is an ideal space to advance health equity while making meaningful patient connections. I also have many clinical interests including palliative care and reproductive health, and Family Med (especially at UNC) is a specialty with endless open doors for my varied interests.
Outside of medicine I enjoy running and hiking, cooking with my mom, and reading outside.