Virginia Agnelli, MD

I have been practicing Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Los Alamitos/Long Beach area since 2005.  I am fully licensed in the state of California and hold specialty board certification from the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  I am also a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

I attended medical school at the University of California-Irvine and completed my internship and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at UCLA. I live right here in Los Alamitos with my husband, Rick, and my two sons, Torin and Aidan.  I am affiliated with Los Alamitos Medical Center, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Lakewood Regional Medical Center, and St. Mary Medical Center-Long Beach.

Although I always wanted to be a physician, my life took some unusual turns before I went to medical school.  I completed my undergraduate education with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Slavic Studies from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. From there, I attended USC in their graduate program for Clinical Psychology.  After two years at USC, I became a teacher's assistant and, subsequently, a teacher for severely emotionally disturbed children. I returned to school to obtain a Master's degree in Special Education and was a teacher for seven-and-a-half years.

I loved teaching and my students taught me something new every day, but something was missing. My husband encouraged me to seriously consider going back to school to pursue medicine because I just never shut up about wanting to be a doctor!  So, while I was teaching, I spent my evenings taking post baccalaureate classes at UCLA to fulfill my pre-medicine requirements, volunteered at UCLA Medical Center, taught fitness classes, and had my first son.  When I started medical school at UCI, I was relieved to finally be able to slow down.

UCI has a somewhat unique program in that it focuses on primary care and the patient-doctor relationship. This really fit well with me because I knew I wasn't going to be the traditional formal, impersonal physician. I really enjoyed my time at UCI and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society as a junior and recieved multiple other awards. During this time, I also added my second son to our family.

Going to UCLA for residency was also a great match for me. During the program, residents spend a great deal of time working at Oliveview Medical Center, a county facility in Sylmar. This is where I learned to speak Spanish-I may be fluent but I still try to learn "a word a day".  We also had the opportunity to work multiple Kaiser facilities to round out our training.

Since entering private practice, I have loved being able to bring my varied background to the practice of medicine. I love to teach and my goal to make my patients as knowledgeable about their condition as I am. I still learn something new every day and love for challenge of Obstetrics and Gynecology. I love delivery babies; I love solving problems; and I love interacting with new patients every day.

This physician is a member of MemorialCare Physician Society which drives clinical outcomes and performance for MemorialCare Health System.

Specialties

  • Obstetrics & Gynecology

Types of Care

Education

Type:
Medical Education
Institution:
UC Irvine School of Medicine

MemorialCare Hospital Affiliations