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Maria Carrasco, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor

Dr. Maria Carrasco is a family medicine physician with the Southern California Permanente Medical Group. She has researched and presented on topics ranging from diversity, language concordance, and implicit bias, to health equity related to diabetes, hypertension, colon cancer screening, influenza vaccination, transgender care, LGBT care and Jehovah’s Witnesses health beliefs. In addition, Dr. Carrasco has chaired several conferences on equity, inclusion, and diversity at regional and local levels. Her educational activities include clinical teaching and acting as preceptor for University of Southern California medical students.

Education and Training

  • BS, University of California, Irvine
  • BA, California State University, Fullerton
  • MD, University of California, Irvine, College of Medicine
  • Internship, Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles
  • Residency, Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles
  • MPH, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)


Selected Prior Positions

1994-present Family Medicine Physician
Kaiser Permanente and Southern California Permanente Medical Group (SCPMG)
2002-2016 Physician Lead for Culturally Responsive Care
2016-present Health Equity and Determinants of Health Task Force
American Heart Association (AHA)/American Stroke Association (ASA)
2014-present Director, Center of Excellence for Culturally Competent Care for Latino and Chinese Health
Kaiser Permanente Southern California Baldwin Park Medical Center
2014-2017 RJ Erikson Diversity Nomination Committee
Kaiser Permanente National
2015-present Member, National Equity, Inclusion & Diversity Advisory Committee
Kaiser Permanente National, SCPMG representative
2015-present National Equity, Inclusion & Diversity Committee for Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine
Kaiser Permanente
2004-present Member and Chair, O. Goldsmith MD Scholarship Committee
Kaiser Permanente and SCPMG
2018 Board Member
National Hispanic Medical Association


Selected Honors and Awards

2002 Extra Mile Hero
Kaiser Permanente
1996 Physician Exceptional Contribution Award
SCPMG San Gabriel Valley
2006 Extra Mile Hero
Kaiser Permanente
2014 Southern California Region Physician of the Year 2014
Kaiser Permanente Family Medicine
2015 RJ Erikson Diversity Individual Award
Kaiser Permanente


Selected Publications

Selected peer-reviewed research manuscripts

  • Kanter MH, Abrams KM, Carrasco MR, Spiegel N, Vogel RS, Coleman KJ. Patient-Physician Language Concordance: A strategy for meeting the needs of Spanish-speaking patients in Primary Care. Permanente Journal 2009 Fall;13(4):79-84.