Message from the Director
Guillermo Valenzuela M.D.
Director and CEO
Dr. Guillermo Valenzuela was born in 1950 to working-class parents in Santiago, Chile. He graduated from medical school at the Catholic University of Chile when he was 23 years old. He was selected by the Rockefeller Foundation as one of only eight physicians throughout the world to be trained at the University of Texas as a promising future leader in Women’s Health Care. Dr. Valenzuela learned the value of an education at an early age and has worked tirelessly over the years to share that same lesson with young people throughout the community.
Dr. Valenzuela, Dr. V as friends and colleagues call him, completed his post-graduate training in Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Texas at San Antonio’s University Hospital. In addition to Obstetrics and Gynecology, he also started training in Maternal-Fetal Medicine, which he then completed at Loma Linda University in 1982. Since the completion of his medical training, Dr. V has emerged as a leading physician in the Inland Empire area where he continues to reside and practice medicine.
Still recognizing the value of continuing education, and falling in line with that school of thought, Dr. V contributed to his already vast field of knowledge by achieving an MBA in Health Care Administration at UC Irvine in 1999. Dr. V is currently chairman of Women’s Health at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, where he directs the department’s research activities and participates in educating the residents of the hospital.
In addition to being an accomplished physician, Dr. Valenzuela is also active in promoting education through philanthropic programs within the community. In 2007 Dr. Valenzuela launched the Dream Project, a motivational program for at-risk youth at Colton High School. Working with school officials, Dr. Valenzuela’s program provides financial assistance, tutoring, and other support to low-income, academically challenged students. The aforementioned support developed within this program gives traditionally marginalized students the tools needed to develop a clear path to graduation and an open window to their future. There are currently Fifty-six students who have successfully participated in the Dream Project. All fifty-six of those students have graduated with a high school diploma. Without this program the graduation rate of this type of student hovers around a 76% or lower.
Dr. Valenzuela’s philanthropy doesn’t stop at the Dream Project. He also founded the TECH Laptop Scholarship Program, which has awarded more than 100 personal laptop computers to elementary school students in the Riverside Unified School District. More than 2,600 students have participated in the TECH Scholarship Program since 2008. The program encourages students to begin thinking about college at a young age through writing essays and creating artwork about their college dreams and goals.
Dr. V is board-certified in Maternal-Fetal Medicine, as well as Obstetrics and Gynecology. He has published more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals. He has been involved in numerous clinical trials related to obstetrics, gynecology and women’s health and he is the former president of the San Bernardino County Medical Society.