Aileen Portugal, MD

Aileen Portugal, MD


Undergrad: University of California San Diego
Medical School: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Residency: University of California San Francisco
PubMed name: Aileen Portugal


Hometown: San Diego
Pronouns: she/her/hers

What are your research interests?
Basic science research, that uses RT-PCR, Oligos, MALDI-TOF, and HPLC’s as well as, clinical research that focuses on health disparities in fertility access and outcomes.

What are your hobbies? 
Taking Lucy, my Chiweenie, to dog parks, planning vacations in warm water oceans so I can scuba dive, and going to live music venues and comedy shows.

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you? 
I was a chemist for 6 years prior to applying to medical school.

Awards & Honors

2023 Best Teaching Resident Award at UCSF, 2022 Outstanding Resident in Gynecologic Oncology Award, 2022 SREI Resident Award for Excellence in REI – Program Level, 2021 Best 2nd year Teaching Resident Award at UCSF, 2019 Latino Medical Student Association, LMSA, JP Sanchez Scholarship, 2018 Harold Bardo Medical Student Scholarship, 2018 American Medical Association’s Women in Medicine Spotlight Honoree, 2018 Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholar, 2018 eQuality Scholar presented by Kaiser Permanente, 2018 Culturally Integrated Education for Latinos Organization, CIELO, Scholarship Award 2017 Culturally Integrated Education for Latinos Organization, CIELO, Scholarship Award


Why did you choose WashU for residency?

I was looking for an inclusive and diverse program that shared my mission of expanding fertility access while still providing me with excellent clinical training.

What are you looking forward to the most by being a fellow at WashU?

I’m looking forward to being inspired and challenged by my peers to become a better clinician and advocate.

What advice would you give OBGYN residents applying for your chosen fellowship specialty?

Go to conferences, meet people, make connections – its a small community and we are willing to help you reach your goals.

What are your career goals?

My goal is to get back into the lab in doing some basic science research that will push our field forward. I also hope that by the time I graduate fellowship, I’ve helped increase the number of BIPOC fellows in REI by starting initiatives at the national level, with ASRM.