Isabela Ortiz, BS
Clinical Research Coordinator, Clinical Research Support.
SC CTSI Role
Isabela will be supporting all aspects of research coordination and bilingual recruitment initiatives.
Isabela graduated from Indiana University in 2016 where she received her bachelor of science degree in public management through the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Upon graduation, she moved to Denver where she served her AmeriCorps service year through CityYear. Within that time, she taught third grade in a co-collaborative ESL (English as a second language) classroom in the Denver Public School system. It was this experience that sparked her passion for education, community health (particularly food justice and working with vulnerable populations/special education) and working in collaboration with minority populations. In 2017, she moved to Los Angeles and began working as a high school Special Education Teacher in Lincoln Heights. Upon obtaining a teaching credential from LMU, she pursued a master’s degree in Urban Education with a focus on community health from LMU. She was introduced to LAC+USC Medical Center because of working alongside her students in forming a health club at school, and she quickly began volunteering in the emergency room which solidified her passion for merging both health and education. Isabela is currently pursuing an informal post-baccalaureate with the hopes of becoming a physician in the Lincoln Heights community.
Isabela loves salsa dancing, cooking, and playing with her new German Shepard puppy named Ernie (when he’s not biting her toes)!