Dr. Katherine Flores has spent her professional career as a family physician in private practice within an all-woman, bilingual medical group in Fresno, CA, which serves families from widely varying economic and ethnic backgrounds. Dr. Flores is an Associate Clinical Professor in Family Medicine at the UCSF School of Medicine and the Director of the UCSF Fresno Latino Center for Medical Education and Research (LaCMER). The overall mission of LaCMER is to work with disadvantaged students and help prepare them to become healthcare professionals who will ultimately return to the Central Valley to provide culturally competent healthcare services to the medically underserved.
Dr. Flores has been active over the past 20 years in developing and overseeing programs that recruit and retain Latino and other under represented youth into health professions. She has worked collaboratively with multiple partners to establish a comprehensive health careers pipeline program in the Central Valley of California, targeting disadvantaged youth, particularly from migrant farmworker backgrounds.
Dr. Flores received her undergraduate degree at Stanford University and her medical degree from the University of California, Davis. She received a James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award in 2010.