Walter Solorzano is a PGY-3 resident in the UCLA Internal Medicine Residency Program. Born and raised in the Southeast Latinx communities of Los Angeles County (Cudahy and Norwalk), Walter is a proud first generation Salvadoran American. After attending local public schools in Los Angeles, Walter completed a BA in chemistry and minors in Political Science and Spanish at Duke University in 2015. He subsequently enrolled at the Keck School of Medicine of USC in 2016. He served as the co-chair of the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) during his second year and was awarded the National Hispanic Health Foundation (NHHF) Scholarship Award for his commitment to providing care for Latinx communities. Between his third and fourth year of medical school, he completed a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree that has further motivated his desire to improve the population health of under-resourced communities.

At UCLA, Walter has continued his work in health disparities research and is very passionate about providing a safe and supportive space for URM residents. Moving forward, he plans to be a primary care physician and a health systems leader focused on improving the delivery of care for the same underserved communities he grew up in.