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Carla Luisa Da Goia Pinto, MD, MPH

Resident, Class of 2024

Department of Family and Community Medicine

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


I was born and raised in Guinea Bissau, 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 and care helps me to touch lives beyond words & transcend any language/cultural barrier.

Outside of work, I enjoy singing, playing instruments (acoustic guitar, piano, ukulele, jimbe), watching funny videos (I love to laugh), learning languages (French) and jogging.


Family Medicine Residency 7/2021- Present
University of Illinois College of Medicine
University of Illinois at Chicago

MPH - Master of Public Health 09/2017 – 05/2019
University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), School of Public Health
Community Health Sciences: Community-Based Research Methods

MD equivalent - Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) 10/ 2007 – 06/2012
China Medical University (CMU), Shenyang, China
International Exchange Program of Clinical Medicine (in Mandarin Chinese)

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and American Society of Topical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH)

Selected Presentations

  • Kim SJ, Watson K, Khare N, Shastri S, Pinto CD, Nazir N. Addressing racial/ethnic equity in access to COVID-19 testing through drive-thru and walk-in testing sites in Chicago. Medical Research Archives. 2021 May; 9(5). NIHMSID: NIHMS1708016
  • Johnson, A., Broughton, S., Aponte-Soto, L., Watson, K., Pinto, C., Empey, P., Reis, S., Winn, R., & Massart, M.. Participatory Genomic Testing Can Effectively Disseminate Cardiovascular Pharmacogenomics Concepts within Federally Qualified Health Centers: A Feasibility Study. Ethnicity & Disease. 2020, Apr; 30((Suppl 1)): 167-176. Cited in PubMed; PMID: 32269458. Pub Status: Published