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Daniel Orellana, MD

Downey, California

About Me: 
I am originally from LA county. I went to medical school at UCLA where I was part of the Charles Drew Program. I am the youngest of three and the son of immigrants. 

Why I chose Valley Children's Pediatric Residency Program:
I chose to do my residency at Valley Children's because when I visited I felt that there was something special going on here. The staff are dedicated to taking care of children and the faculty are really invested in the residency program. The patient population that Valley Children's serves is the same that I am committed to. There is so much diversity in the Central Valley which makes it a great place to train.  

I enjoy comedy, funny memes, movies, sports (big Raiders fan!), hiking and weightlifting.

Advocacy and/or research accomplishments:
I am passionate about increasing the number of underrepresented minorities in higher education and medicine. I have long been a mentor for many youth with a need for guidance into higher education. I have spoken at the MiMentor Health Careers and Adelante Young Men Conferences. During medical school, through the Global Health Education Program, I went abroad to Nicaragua to survey the emergency medical services there. I have also done research looking at heart rate variability and pain tolerance in pediatric patients with the diagnosis of functional abdominal pain.