Leopoldine Matialeu, MD

I grew up in Cameroon and moved to the United States in 2005. I encountered many challenges, during my transition, including learning English, acclimating to the culture, and dealing with homelessness; however these did not stop me from achieving my goals. I attended Cañada College and transferred to UC Davis where I earned my BS in biochemistry and molecular biology. I obtained my MD from UC Davis School of Medicine and participated in the Rural PRIME program, one of the underserved leadership tracks. I feel very fortunate to be part of the combined program at UCSD.  I chose combined training because of its holistic approach in addressing both the mind and body. My training so far has enabled me to progress towards my goal to use my 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 I continue on this journey, I’m excited for the realm of possibilities for my career and would like to explore my interests in women’s health, global health, with a particular focus on Cameroon and West Africa, and perinatal psychiatry. I’m also interested in issues facing the African American, refugees, and immigrant communities. In fact, I’m in the process of collaborating with Dunya Women’s Health Collaborative to address medical and mental health issues facing refugee women who have undergone genital cutting.

I’m a recipient of the National Health Service Corps Student to Service Loan Repayment Program and look forward to giving back to underserved communities in California during my required three years of service after residency training. Outside of residency, I enjoy Latin music/dancing, karaoke, hiking, traveling, cooking, wine tasting, trying out new foods, and spending time with loved ones.