J. Raul Gutierrez, MD, FAAP – Advocacy Committee Co-chair

Raul Gutierrez is a native of the South Texas border town of Brownsville. Growing up in this binational, bicultural, bilingual area of the country not only helped define him as a person, but also laid the foundation for his career in immigrant and community health.

He graduated from the University of Michigan School of Medicine and did his residency training in the Pediatric Leaders Advancing Health Equity (PLUS) program at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).  He served as a lead clinician for La Clinica de la Raza’s School Based Health Centers in Oakland, CA for 9 years where he worked extensively with unaccompanied immigrant youth.  He is now an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at UCSF, based at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General (ZSFG) Hospital.  He is a faculty member of the Department of Pediatrics Diversity Committee and works with the GME Health Equity and Racial (HEAR) Justice (HEAR) Pathway.

He is currently the co-chair of the AAP Council on Immigrant Child and Family Health and co-chair of the CA-Chapter 1 Advocacy Committee and Immigrant Health Task Force.  From translating for patients at a free clinic at Stanford University, to working with migrant farm workers in Michigan, and now advocating for asylum seeking families in the Bay Area he has made a commitment to serving resilient communities who deserve to be seen. He has always found inspiration in his abuela’s journey and carries her strength as an immigrant woman with him daily.