Dr. Victor Rodriguez

Class of 1992 Alum, highly acclaimed heart Surgeon, Professor, UC Davis

Dr. Victor Rodriguez, class of 1992, is a triple-boarded surgeon in General, Vascular and Cardiothoracic surgery, a Marine Corps veteran, and the Director of the Aortic Center and a clinical professor of Cardiac and Vascular Surgery at the University of California, Davis.

“I liked biology when I was a kid and I was really good at math, but every time I went to my high school counselor she said, ‘Victor, I have this great class for you — diesel engine mechanics.’ The next year it was fuel injection; the following semester it was body shop. Even though I had interests in math and science, as a minority student, I was being groomed to be a blue-collar worker. I wanted to go to medical school, but I didn’t know how to get there. So the next logical step for me was going to the Marine Corps. After that, I was fortunate enough to attend Dominguez Hills. I liked that it’s a relatively small campus compared to other Cal State schools or other large universities.

The campus has always been able to accommodate a lot of different students, and I believe that these students have much more to offer to a university than just a GPA.

The professors were very hands on. Their doors were always open. I got strong letters of recommendation, and I attribute a lot of my success in becoming a physician to the Biology Department at Dominguez Hills.”