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Biography of Patricia Duarte, MD

Dr. Patricia Duarte was born and raised in Los Angeles. She wanted to be a scientist since she was a little girl. Her two favorite childhood gifts were a chemistry set and a microscope.

She completed her Bachelor of Science degree at Cal State LA and entered the USC PhD program in pharmacology, intent on pursuing her interests in chemistry and biology. However, after completing her qualifying exams, she realized she was better suited to caring for people. She entered medical school at University of California at Irvine. After receiving her MD degree, she completed residency in Internal Medicine at the Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Los Angeles. She worked at Kaiser for four years after finishing her training.

In 1987 she switched from the large Kaiser bureaucracy to private practice. Joining with Drs. Skip Barber, Tom Pocock, and one other doctor (now retired), they founded the Verdugo Internal Medicine group.

Dr. Duarte's particular interest is Women's Health Care, in part because of the natural inclination of many women to want a woman doctor. As she and her patients have aged together, she's become drawn to the growing field of Menopause Medicine. The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) has named her a NAMS Certified Menopause Practitioner. She notes, "I'm thrilled to be a part of all the teaching, counseling, and advising that is inherent in this practice."

Dr. Duarte married Dr. Pocock at the time she entered medical school. She is an avid gardener and bird watcher. She designs and makes her own jewelry. She notes, "My lovely little girls, who spent weekends with me in labs and libraries, grew up into wonderful women." Her youngest child, born during her last year of residency, is now pursuing a career in "sustainable industry."

Certification. She is board certified in Internal Medicine.

Last updated Sun, Nov 21, 2010