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Ligia Elena Fragoso, MD, MA

Resident, Class of 2026

Department of Family and Community Medicine

Pronouns: they/she


Ligia was born and raised in Carolina, Puerto Rico. Before pursuing a medical career they completed undergraduate and graduate degrees in sociocultural anthropology focusing on anthropology of religion. They then moved to Somerville/Boston Massachusetts to complete pre-medical coursework. While at Boston they volunteered at a Family Medicine PCMH and homeless shelter/respite care facility and worked as a research assistant in Boston Medical Center on studies focused on mitigating maternal depression. During medical school they served as co-organizer for a medical and social work student/professional coalition that assisted unhoused/housing unstable individuals and families access housing and wraparound services. They also volunteered at a free clinic with predominantly Latine patients in both the primary care and mental health teams. They advocated for critically informed instruction on race in medicine and better support policies for struggling medical students who were predominantly queer and/or students of color, themself included.

They are one of the CIR union reps for the FM department. As a union member they want to improve cross-departmental organizing to improve labor conditions for UIC residents/fellows and foster greater interest in, and organizing around, more radical forms of collective care.

Their non-work interests include music (going to live shows, singing, forever trying to learn the cello) dancing, reading, going on walks with their dog and partner.


MD, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
MA, University of Iowa (anthropology)
BA, University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras (anthropology)