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About Me

Why OB/GYN? I am originally from Oxnard, California, which is largely a farm working community. Here, my parents labored in the fields and my mother provided a powerful model of what community resistance looks like by organizing among other farm working women around issues of sexual assault and pesticide use. The heavy burden of pesticide use was an issue that affected my community and family personally. We lived surrounded by strawberry fields, and my older brother had severe asthma from suspected pesticide exposure. In this way, my mother first planted the seeds of advocacy in me; thus, my passion in medicine and women’s health has always been rooted in social and reproductive justice. Every mother should have the right to raise children in a safe and supportive environment—without worries of food insecurity, housing issues, pesticide exposure, state sanctioned violence, etc. I feel so privileged to join this powerful field where I can support pregnant persons and folks in various settings.

Why UCSF? UCSF OB/GYN Residency offers great opportunities to learn evidence-based medicine, so I can be the best generalist for my community. After residency, I hope to return home to Oxnard and work at our local county hospital, so it was important for me to train at a program that would support me in my goals. But, I really felt a connection with the program when I met the fearless residents, supportive faculty, and learned more about their commitment to justice issues. I am thrilled to be working alongside so many inspiring role models, and I am especially looking forward to working with the community at SF General.

What I do outside of residency? Outside of residency, I spend my time reconnecting with family and friends—at a park, beach, or sharing a meal in the outdoors. Prior to starting medical school, I lived in the East Bay for 8 years and had the opportunity to explore nearby hiking trails, had BBQ’s at Lake Chabot with close friends, and enjoyed wine tastings and dancing.

Mariela Nevárez, MD, MPP
Resident Physician - PGY 3

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Main Address

UCSF OB/GYN&RS Residency Program
490 Illinois Street
10th Floor, Box 0132
San Francisco, CA 94143

Location Office Phone Fax
Mission Bay (415) 476 - 5192 (415) 476 - 1811
Mount Zion (415) 353 - 9240 (415) 353 - 9509
San Francisco General Hospital (628) 206 - 3061 (628) 206 - 3112

Research/Clinical Interests: Reproductive justice, family planning, medical education, and substance use in pregnancy



Institution Degree Field of Study
current University of California, San Francisco Residency Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
20 University of California, Los Angeles - PRIME LA (Leadership & Advocacy) MD Medicine
20 University of California, Los Angeles Luskin School of Public Affairs MPP Public Policy
20 University of California, Berkeley BA Integrative Biology / Global Poverty & Practice minor

Research & Professional Experience

2020-2021 Creator & Facilitator - Reproductive Justice Curriculum OB/GYN Clerkship Workshop
2020-2021 Co-Creator & Facilitator - Transition to Clerkship Clinical Foundations session
2017- 2021 Co-Creator - Structural Racism Sessions
2020 Voting Rights & COVID-19
2019 Institute of American Cultures (IAC) Social Justice Research Graduate Fellows at UCLA
2019 Co-Creator & Facilitator - Working with Undocumented Immigrant Patients Faculty Trainings
2017-2019 Facilitator & Teaching Assistant - Caring for Diverse and Disadvantaged Populations-Translating Policy to Practice selective at the DGSOM at UCLA

Achievements & Recognition

Year Major Honors
2019 Gold Humanism & Honor Society DGSOM
2017-2020 Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship
2020 California Community Foundation Fraser Scholarship
2019-2020 Randi and Jerome Greenberg Humanism in Medicine Scholarship
2019-2020 US Trust Co. Medical Student Scholarship
2017-2020 MacKenzie Scholarship
2017-2018 Tchekmedyian Family Scholarship recipient

Poster Presentations

NEVÁREZ M. Minority Health Conference—Truth to Power: Exercising Political Voice to Achieve Health Equity Poster Presentation. February 2020.

NEVÁREZ M. Social Medicine Consortium Conference Poster Presentation. June 2019.

NEVÁREZ M. Josiah Brown Poster Presentation. July 2017.


Barreto M, Clavijo S, DeWitt C, De St. Maurice A, Eisenberg K, NEVÁREZ M, Rush T, Waknin S. (*Authors are listed alphabetically, authors were equal contributors). Protecting Public Health in the 2020 Election. UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Initiative Voting Rights Project.2020


Bodden J, Chong V, Ivey R, Pettway B, NEVÁREZ M, Scott M. Stop the Bleed: teaching community members how to recognize life threatening bleeding and how to intervene: Watts, CA. December, 2019.

Community Action Teams (CAT) 911 working on community alternatives to calling 911, Street Medic Team, 09/19-05/2021

Removing Law Enforcement and Safeguarding Patients in LA Healthcare Settings, 06/2020-05/2021

Structural Racism & Health Equity Theme in Medical Education, 04/20-05/2021

Admissions Policies at DGSOM at UCLA, 11/18-2021

Health Equity Hub at DGSOM at UCLA- Founding Member, 08/2016