Meet our Team

Dr. Kelechi Uwaezuoke, UCSF LCOE Faculty, SFSU SF BUILD Laison

Mentor. Master Encourager. Slayer of Toxic Thoughts. Student Whisperer. Professional Atmosphere Changer. These are but a few of the everyday superpowers Dr. Kelechi Uwaezuoke uses in her journey to Disrupt Inadequate Status Quos’ contributing to health inequities and the lack of representation in the health and STEM workforce. In her role as co-lead for the UCSF LCOE APP Program at SFSU,  Dr. Kelechi serves as a mentor and advisor and leads a 6 session summer workshop series that walks scholars through the process of exploring their personal narrative, overcoming Imposter Syndrome, the power of vulnerability and facing your fears as a tool for building self-agency and advocacy as they navigate their journey into the medical profession.

When asked to share a bit about her experience with APP she shared the following insights: “Working with APP affords me the opportunity to engage in my life’s work of mentoring, advising, equipping and supporting students who have been historically under-represented and face institutional and societal barriers to success. Despite these challenges, and against all odds, our APP scholars persist in ways that are nothing short of inspirational. The exposure, support, and community they contribute to and receive during the program serve as stepping stones that help them navigate the often rocky pathways to the career of their dreams. It’s hard to identify a single reason, but one of the things I enjoy most about being a part of the APP family is the sense of solidarity, and strength and having a front-row seat to the transformations that occur from the time we meet during interviews to the end of the summer and beyond. On a calendar it’s only “6 weeks” but in the scope of shifted mindsets and belief in oneself, it’s a timeless and priceless experience for our scholars and for the future of medicine and healthcare!”

Dr. Tomás Magaña, UCSF LCOE Faculty, Founder and Director of FACES

Tomás A. Magaña, MD, MA, FAAP is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at UCSF School of Medicine and Founder and Director of FACES. He is a leading expert in the design and implementation of health workforce pipeline programs for youth. Dr. Magaña is a board-certified pediatrician with clinical expertise in the care of vulnerable children and adolescents, including those impacted by the juvenile justice and foster care systems, immigration, and community violence. Dr. Magaña is a member of the LCOE Administrative Core Faculty and is the Director of the LCOE Aspiring Physicians Program at SFSU.

Stephanie Gordon-Rivera, Fact Sheet Instructor 

Stephanie holds a Master's degree in Public Health with a focus on Health Policy and Administration from the University of Illinois, Chicago, and a Bachelor's degree in Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience with a minor in Psychology from Loyola University. For her master's capstone, she conducted a Policy Surveillance study, analyzing the laws related to Community Health Worker (CHW) programs across the country. Previously, Stephanie worked as a project coordinator at the Institute for Global Health Sciences, where she supported the IGHS Affiliates program and the Center for Global Nursing. Stephanie has experience in program implementation, advocacy, community engagement, and health education. In her free time, she enjoys running, cooking, and traveling.

For more information on the UCSF San Francisco State Aspiring Physician's Program, please contact: 

Stephanie Gordon Rivera, Program & Policy Analyst
Email: [email protected]

Curriculum & Schedule

The 2024-25 APP program will host its six-week summer program from June 3 - July 12, 2024.

  • Introduction to health policy and writing fact sheets
  • Work with local community-based organizations
  • Introductory MCAT preparation
  • How to prepare medical school application and statement of purpose
  • Guest speakers and medical school panelists

SFSU Cohorts