April Mendoza, MD, MPH
Instructor, Division of Trauma, Emergency Surgery and Surgical Critical Care, Department of Surgery


So many people and experiences in my life have guided me into a health care career. I remember watching my mother study for nursing school and hearing her excitement in pursuing her path. I was surrounded by an amazing, loving family who believed in me and really encouraged me to shoot for the stars. In addition, I was lucky to have a fantastic woman pediatrician, Dr. Lagarde, who I really connected with and shared some good advice with me during my high school years. I think collectively these experiences piqued my interest in health care and gave me the confidence to pursue it.