Headshot photo of Cirila Estela Vasquez Guzman, Ph.D.

Cirila Estela Vasquez Guzman, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, School of Medicine


Dr. Vasquez Guzman trained at the University of New Mexico, where she specialized in medical sociology, race, and ethnicity. Her involvement with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Center for Health Policy, Satcher Health Leadership Institute (SHLI) and the State Priorities Partnership (SPP) has provided an interdisciplinary training influential to her multi-dimensional understanding of racial/ethnic health and healthcare disparities.

Most currently Dr. Vasquez Guzman has been awarded the KL2 award and received the OHSU Center for Women’s Health Julie Stott Research Fund for Women’s Health. Her recent publications in 2021 include "Comparative Case Study Analysis of Cultural Competency Training In U.S. Medical Schools" in Academic Medicine and another titled “Addressing structural racism within institutional bodies regulating research” in the Journal of Applied Psychology as well as “Participatory Bilingual Data Analysis Innovations for Participatory Bilingual Data Analysis with Latinx/@ Immigrants: Language, Power, and Transformation” in Culture Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. She is also a current member of the OHSU's Equity and Social Justice School of Medicine Sub-Committee focused on improvements of the curricular elements related to the elimination of health inequities and the promotion of an anti-racist and anti-oppressive medical education.

Dr. Vasquez Guzman has specific interest in social-cultural-structural-humanistic curriculum for medical students and residents as well as investigating inequities in medicine, health, and health delivery among Native American and Latinx communities. Currently, through two grants, she is analyzing the structural factors impacting cervical cancer and documenting Latina women’s unique lived experiences with the Health Experiences Research Network (HERN) at OHSU. Dr. Vasquez Guzman and colleagues are also investigating cervical cancer screening disparities among older Latina migrant farmworkers and non-Hispanic whites using data from OCHIN, a national network of community health centers. As a first generation Latina immigrant indigenous scholar, she aims to bridge the gap between theory and practice from an equity and inclusion perspective because we all win when we have a compassionate, representative, and humanistic healthcare system.

Education and training

    • Ph.D., 2017, University of New Mexico
  • Fellowship

    • Postdoctoral Fellow, OHSU Fellowship Diversity in Research
    • Fellow, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy
    • Fellow, Satcher Health Leadership Institute
    • Fellow, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities State Priorities Partnership


Selected publications


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