Born and raised in the Central Coast area, Cameron Rice, MD, attended UCLA as an undergraduate and met his wife, Shahida, when they became chemistry lab partners. Dr. Rice’s inspiration to pursue medicine began with his fascination at studying how all the pieces of the human body fit together to create a living, breathing, creative, and intelligent being. In medicine, he found the opportunity to explore that interest and develop the gifts to realign those pieces when they fall out of place.
Dr. Rice attended medical school at St. Louis University, and developed his interest in anesthesiology as our field combines many of the best aspects of medicine: the clinical applications of physiology, pathology, and pharmacology. He decided to come back to UCLA after finishing a sub-internship here. Beyond having a “world-class” clinical experience, he says, “It was the faculty and residents I met that swayed me – the way I found them to mesh well and enjoy their work.” After residency, Dr. Rice plans to pursue a career as a general anesthesiologist that will allow him to continue to enjoy a mix of pediatric, trauma, obstetric, neurosurgical, thoracic, and other cases.
Outside of residency, Dr. Rice spends much of his free time with his family. He has a 2 1/2-year-old son, Marek, and welcomed a daughter, Cameron Jr., nine months ago. He likes to get all his patient care and preop preparation done at the hospital so he can focus on the family while he’s at home. Like a true Californian, he also enjoys surfing, wakeboarding, and indoor rowing.