Carla Luisa Da Goia Pinto
Resident – Family Medicine
University of Illinois College of MedicineFamily Medicine Residency
Bissau, Guinea Bissau
China Medical University
Paul Q. Peterson Public Health Scholarship Award: UIC School of Public Health, IL, USA (2018)
Ilene Goodman Award – Volunteer of the Year: Community Health Clinic, Chicago IL, USA (2016)
Top 10 National Ambassadors: American Heart Association, Chicago IL, USA (2016)
China Medical University – Excellent Student: International Exchange Program, Shenyang, China 2009 & 2010
Beijing Language & Culture University – Excellent Student: College of Intensive Chinese Study, Shenyang, China (2007)
I was born and raised in Guinea Bissau, a West Africa. Witnessing the loss of my 16-year old cousin rekindled my desire to become a physician and an agent of change committed to serve underserved communities. This dream led me to complete my medical education in China and my MPH at UIC. My work at UIC and Mile Square Health Center attracted me to this FM program. The DFCM’s vision of “treating every individual as a human being first” and the commitment of its faculty to address health disparities, resonated with my call to serve the underserved. My journey prepared me to meet the needs of our diverse patient population at UI Health. My path of becoming a Physician, led me to become a polyglot – a speaker of five languages (Portuguese, English, Spanish, Mandarin and Portuguese Creole), which gives me the opportunity to communicate with patients from diverse backgrounds. More importantly, speaking the language of love helps me to touch lives beyond words & transcend any language/cultural barrier.
Outside of work, I enjoy singing, playing instruments (acoustic guitar, piano, bass, ukulele, jimbe), watching funny videos (I love to laugh), learning languages (French) and jogging.
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