Dr. Felipe Saavedra is a UCLA LGBTQ+ Healthcare Fellow, whose clinical interests include HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ care. He is also passionate about medical education and teaching, and reducing healthcare disparities in vulnerable populations.
Dr. Saavedra was born and raised in Chile, where he graduated with honors from the University of Chile Faculty of Medicine. During his medical training, Dr. Saavedra was a researcher at an HIV/AIDS specialty clinic in Santiago. After working in primary care, Dr. Saavedra joined the UCLA International Medical Graduate Program in 2015, and completed his Family Medicine training at UCLA.
During his education and training, Dr. Saavedra has looked for opportunities to educate himself and colleagues about critical healthcare issues that impact LGBTQ+ individuals. He broadened his residency program's impact on underserved Spanish-speaking communities in LA County, and always advocates for and build bridges to underserved communities.
Outside of work, Dr. Saavedra enjoys spending time with his husband and exploring Southern California. He also enjoys traveling, volunteering, practicing yoga and cooking traditional Chilean food for friends and family.
Dr. Chase Cates grew up in Dallas, TX as the oldest of 5 kids. After high school, he moved to San Angelo, TX where he received his bachelor's in Biology at Angelo State University, followed by his Master of Public Health from Texas A&M School of Rural Public Health. He received his DO degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine at Seton Hill in Greensburg, PA. During his clinical years, he met his partner, now husband, while doing a rotation in LGBTQ and HIV care in Dallas, TX. This is also what initially sparked his interest in LGBTQ health.
During residency in Arkansas, Dr. Chase Cates saw significant health disparities including a lack of resources and a lack of provider training and education on LGBTQ health issues. He felt he would like to make a difference in the South, which sees a significant percentage of new HIV cases. It is while in residency that he personally witnessed firsthand the discrimination that LGBTQ members face from medical professionals. Having been a victim himself, he began to make a stand-- wearing colorful rainbow shoes to work as an outward expression of pride and defiance and dedicating many of his resident lectures on LGBTQ topics so he could better inform his colleagues. He applied for the LGBTQ fellowship program to gain a better understanding of how to provide culturally competent care to this community.
Upon completion of the LGBTQ Healthcare and HIV fellowship, Dr. Chase Cates will join the Alamo Area Resource Center as their first full time provider for the clinic. He is excited to move forward in his career and bring his training back to the South, where he hopes to make an expanded difference in his community and the region as a whole.