Monica C. Ryoo, MD
I speak: English, Korean
My gender: Female
Where I practice
I am happy to have the opportunity to present my credentials to you and share other information about myself. It is very important that you feel comfortable with your physician, and I hope this page will help you start to get to know me.
I was born in Seoul, Korea. It may sound odd, but I chose medicine by ruling out other strengths in myself. After medical school, I followed my family to the United States for my higher education. My older siblings chose to have their higher education in the U.S. and they were already here, in the States. Following my residency at the State University of New York in Syracuse, I joined my family in Los Angeles. I have been active in community services such as social justice and peace ministry in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, served on the board of directors of the Ugandan AIDS Orphan Project, and served on the board of trustees of a local private school.
About my practice
Medicine as a career is a very special opportunity to connect with and help people in a meaningful way. Being a doctor allows people to share with me some of their deepest concerns, and I take those concerns seriously. it is a privilege to help patients translate what they may not grasp, facilitate getting them the appropriate evaluations, and communicate with them and their families. I feel very honored that patients have entrusted me with their care, and I strive to treat them as I would want my own family to be treated.
How I thrive
Keeping balance in my life is very important to me. I feel that it is important to get involved in the community by giving my talent and time. Besides the volunteer work I have already mentioned, I write a column in a Korean-language newspaper that is distributed throughout Korean communities in the U.S.