Women in Medicine: Diana Naranjo, PhD

Why did you pursue a career in medicine?

Because my family came from South America in pursuit of a better life for future generations. As they sacrificed, they also encountered many mental and physical health challenges that were even harder to overcome as immigrants. I wanted to help other's in this situation and be a Latina, Spanish speaking provider.

What is a challenge you experience in pursuing a career in medicine?

It was definitely challenging navigating each step in the process, knowing how to set myself up for success, explaining to my family that the years of sacrifice will be worth it. And it was!

What is the most fulfilling part of your work? 

Impacting families who have some of the most serious struggles any person could face. Seeing that the work I'm doing is making a difference in their and their children's lives. Helping them offer what my parent's offered to me: a better future for generations to come.

What strategies do you use to maintain your own well-being?

I workout consistently, it makes me feel better emotionally and physically. I read often, and enjoy books from every genre to unwind, learn, or entertain. I spend time with family and friends.

What advice would you give someone starting in the field? 

All the work, all the effort, it's all worth it if you change just one person's life. But the biggest life you'll change is your own. Working in service, with humanity, to make things a bit better is the most rewarding job on the planet.