Leopoldine Matialeu, MD
Leopoldine Matialeu grew up in Cameroon and moved to the United States in 2005. She dealt with many challenges, during her transition, including learning English, acclimating to the culture, and dealing with homelessness. She attended Cañada College and transferred to UC Davis where she earned her BS in biochemistry and molecular biology. During her undergrad, she volunteered at a student run clinic providing free primary care to the African American community in Sacramento. She obtained her MD from UC Davis School of Medicine and participated in the Rural PRIME program, one of the underserved leadership tracks. During medical school, she was a co-director of the Knights Landing clinic, which served the rural farmworkers and migrant workers. Additionally, as vice president of Student National Medical Association (SNMA), she worked extensively to increase mentorship opportunities and provide support to disadvantaged and minority pre-med students from surrounding community colleges and high schools. She chose combined training because of its holistic approach in addressing both the mind and body. Furthermore, her goal is to use her combined skills to help decrease chronic illness and mental health burden in underserved communities.
As a combined resident, navigating between two specialties has been a mind opening and rewarding experience. As she sets on this journey, she is excited for the realm of possibilities for her career and would like to explore her interests in global health, with a particular focus on Cameroon and West Africa, and perinatal psychiatry. She is also interested in issues facing the African American, refugees, and immigrant communities. She is a recipient of the National Health Service Corps Student to Service Loan Repayment Program and looks forward to giving back to underserved communities in California during her required three years of service after residency training. Outside of residency, she enjoys salsa dancing, karaoke, hiking, traveling, cooking, trying out new foods, and spending time with loved ones.