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Sarah G Gonzalez, MD

About Dr. Gonzalez

Dr. Sarah Gonzalez is a Bakersfield native and an Addiction Medicine specialist, and is Board-Certified Emergency Medicine Physician at Kern Medical.

Dr. Gonzalez's educational journey began with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiological Sciences from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2005. She then pursued her medical degree, completing the Charles R. Drew University/UCLA Medical Education Program in 2012. Dr. Gonzalez continued her training with a residency in Emergency Medicine at Kern Medical Center, successfully becoming board-certified in Emergency Medicine in 2019.Her commitment to delivering comprehensive care led her to further specialize in Primary Care Addiction Medicine, culminating in a fellowship at Ventura County Medical Center, which she completed in 2023.

Throughout her career, Dr. Gonzalez has been actively involved in various professional roles, including serving as the Intermediate Care Center Director and Whole Person Care Attending.

Notably, she has also played a pivotal role as the Correctional Medicine Responsible Physician for Kern County Detention Facilities since October 2018, contributing significantly to the healthcare of incarcerated individuals.

Dr. Gonzalez is a dedicated medical professional with a rich and diverse background in healthcare and academic excellence. She currently serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine through the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, a position she has held since 2020.

Dr. Gonzalez's dedication to improving healthcare extends beyond her clinical responsibilities. She has also been a co-founder and Vice President of the Outreach Clinic. Furthermore, her commitment to addressing the opioid crisis is evident through her involvement in the Pain Management-Opioid Stewardship Hospital Committee.

Dr. Gonzalez's dedication to research and education is reflected in her involvement in various lectures, presentations, and workshops. She has shared her expertise on a wide range of topics, from diabetes management to addiction medicine, at numerous institutions, including Kern Medical and Ventura County Medical Center. Her extensive research efforts, including collaborative grant work and presentations, have made her a respected figure in her field.

In addition to her professional endeavors, Dr. Gonzalez is passionate about mentorship. She has provided guidance and support to pre-medical students and medical school graduates, offering valuable mentorship experiences that have helped shape future healthcare professionals.

With her comprehensive medical background, commitment to healthcare improvement, and dedication to mentoring the next generation of medical practitioners, Dr. Sarah Gonzalez continues to be a remarkable and influential figure in the field of medicine.

Affiliations, Societies and Memberships American Academy of Emergency Medicine, American College of Emergency Physicians, Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association
  • Medical School
  • Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science Los Angeles, CA
  • David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
  • Internship
  • Emergency Department, Kern Medical Bakersfield, CA
  • Residency
  • Emergency Department, Kern Medical Bakersfield, CA
  • Fellowship
  • Primary Care Addiction Medicine Ventura County Medical Center