Marisa Hernandez-Morgan



Marisa Hernandez-Morgan - Graduate, Chief Resident for 2016-2017

Marisa was born and raised in a small town in Southern California, but she later moved to the big city of Los Angeles. She completed undergraduate studies, medical school and a Master’s degree in Public Policy at UCLA. Marisa reflected on the fourth year of medical school: “when it came time to choose a residency program I knew what I was looking for, and I knew I would find it all at UCSF. I wanted a program that would give me the chance to work at several different training sites, one that emphasized compassionate care and provided the opportunity to work with a diverse patient population.”

When asked about her experience as a resident, she replied, “not only did the program provide the vigorous clinical training that I was looking for, but it also gave me the chance to work with leaders in the field who are patient, enthusiastic teachers. Everyday I worked with faculty who are dedicated to resident education; it is a real strength of the program.”

Marisa enjoyed being in one of the most unique cities in the world. In her free time she was usually out enjoying the San Francisco food scene, hiking or exploring the city via scooter. With so many street festivals, concerts and outdoor events here, she says it was impossible to be bored!

Marisa has now returned to Southern California for cardiac and critical care fellowships, but she left her heart in San Francisco!