Clinical Volunteer Opportunities

I volunteered with numerous programs when I was a student, such as the Mobile Clinic Project at UCLA and the Latino Medical Student Association’s Lennox Health Fair. Now, as a pathology resident at Harbor UCLA Medical Center, I continue to look for clinical volunteering opportunities, especially with organizations that provide comprehensive primary and mental health services to the homeless and underserved residents of Skid Row, East Los Angeles and surrounding communities. Read more »

Residency Graduate Assumes MAA Top Leadership Role

On July 1, Mark Morocco, M.D., the first UCLA residency program graduate to be elected to the organization’s top leadership position, will begin his term as the MAA President. When asked about the role the MAA plays in the medical enterprise, Dr. Morocco stated, “The MAA is a hub between UCLA Medicine’s past and future, and not just for the medical school graduates, but also for residency and fellowship graduates, past and present faculty, and our families. Working with the MAA lets me be a part of where we have been and where we are going. Plus it’s fun.”

Medical Supplies Donation

Last spring, the MAA collaborated with the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles Christian Health Centers and University Muslim Medical Association Community Clinic to distribute $65,000 of current inventory medical supplies to Los Angeles County and San Luis Obispo community clinics and the Loloma Foundation. The latter distributes medicine, clothing, school supplies and other necessities to many agencies throughout the Republic of Fiji. The in-kind donation was made by Henry Schein, Inc., a provider of healthcare products and services to medical, dental and veterinary office-based practitioners.

Class Scholarships Update

In recognition of the school’s first 60 years, Dean Eugene Washington and MAA President Wade Aubry, M.D. ’77, challenged alumni to support medical student scholarships and allocated matching funds for gifts of $1,000 or more. Alumni responded with 236 donations totaling $206,890, a 103% increase over 2010, with donations of $1,000-plus up 500%. Including the Dean's match, $397,953 was raised in just six months. Two new MAA Class Scholarships were established, for 1962 and 1981, which join the Classes of 1955, 1961, 1975, 1976, and 1979 that have surpassed the $100,000 endowment threshold.

Class of 2012 Scholarship

The Class of 2012 started its philanthropic giving and raised $1,436. The MAA would like to thank all who contributed and acknowledge those who donated at the gold, silver and bronze levels.

Click here for the donor list.

Joe Nakagawa, M.D. ’00 graduated from the El Camino Police Academy in 2007 and is currently the Medical Director for Tactical Medicine at the Hawthorne Police Department. He also works full-time as an emergency medicine physician with Torrance Emergency Physicians Group.

Mark A. Malek, M.D. ’00 is happily married to his wife Jennie and they just celebrated their fourth wedding anniversary. They have one child, Catherine, and live in Huntington Beach. He specializes in communicable disease, public health and HIV medicine, and teaches at the UCLA School of Public Health.

John Pi, M.D. (UCLA Emergency Medicine 1996 residency graduate) is one of the nation’s foremost experts in tactical medicine. He has been an FBI agent for 15 years. Currently he is a Supervisory Special Agent for the FBI Critical Incidence Response Group at the National Assets Response Unit and is based in Washington, D.C.

Esther (Paek) Estes, M.D. , MPH ’95 - Gave birth to a beautiful healthy daughter Claire this past January. She remarks, “it does seem unusual for a professional woman to be giving birth to her first child in her 40’s but I had a late start.” She met her husband while living in the outskirts of Philadelphia five years ago. Read more »

MAA Reunion Weekend 2012
Oct. 5-6
Early registration discount ends Aug. 27
Classes Invited: 1955-1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002 and 2007

MAA on the Road
Regional Luncheon
July 29, Noon-3 p.m.
Washington, D.C. / Maryland Alumni
Chevy Chase, MD

Sept. 23, 4-7 p.m.
UCLA Alumni Family Picnic
San Luis Obispo, CA

Nov. 4, 6-8 p.m.
Dean’s Alumni and Friends Reception
San Francisco, CA

RSVP to Valerie Walker at or 310-794-4025. For more information, visit

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Medical Alumni Association Quarterly, Summer 2012, Vol. 2, No. 4.
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