Dr. Escurra – Southern California Peruvian American Medical Society

Dr. Heidi Escurra -- born in Lima, Peru -- came to the United States with a lifelong dream of becoming a doctor. She obtained a degree in psychology from Hunter College of the City of New York and her doctorate in medicine from Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara and Ponce School of Medicine, Puerto Rico. She then completed her Family Medicine Residency at UCSF Fresno. Given her deeply rewarding experience of working with the Latino population during residency, she dedicated herself to serving the Spanish speaking low-income populations in Santa Paula and Fillmore. She now works as a family medicine physician at Kaiser Permanente in Ventura. Since she started practicing medicine, she has been involved in many local humanitarian events which inspired her to give back to her beloved country, Peru. She is the current Vice-President of PAMS, the Peruvian American Medical Society, which is an organization that supports many medical missions to disadvantaged areas in Peru. In 2016, she and her daughter co-founded the Churcampa, Huancavelica mission. The Churcampa mission brings medical and humanitarian aid to the villagers of this area annually.  In 2017, through donations from a non-profit organization and fundraising events, she helped build an operating room and an overnight facility for families in transit at the local medical center. The mission also donated equipment and medical supplies, conducted a medical fair, and provided humanitarian aid to the local grade school. The Churcampa mission is one the missions that is supported by PAMS. Dr. Escurra and her daughter will continue to lead this mission for years to come. Dr. Escurra hopes to further dedicate herself to local humanitarian work, and in doing so, expand the impact of her medical knowledge in order to touch more lives and do more good.



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