Welcome to my journey!

Big things can come to those who dream---and then act on those dreams. Becoming a physician seemed like such a long shot, just as achieving the publication of my first children’s book. At times, it seemed like neither would ever happen! And now, I feel doubly blessed!

Contact MeMy first book

My day job keeps me quite busy, but my passion to share stories that will help others reach their own dreams keeps me typing away on my laptop.

About the Author


I love engaging and motivating students to embrace learning as a foundation to achieve their dreams.

Working with organizations and contributing to programs such as the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA), the Kaiser Permanente—UCSF Undergraduate Research Internship (URI), and the Kaiser Permanente Introduction to Integrated Health Care Program (IIHC), has allowed me the opportunity to assist premed and medical students overcome the inevitable obstacles on the road to becoming a physician. Please check out our collection of resources for students, their parents, and teachers about how to become a doctor at LatinMed.co.

I’d like to hear about your own premed or writer’s journey and how I might be able to help you! Sign up to receive my newsletter to keep up with my book(s) and community activities by emailing me at: info@juanjguerra.com. And please let me know what you think of The Little Doctor/El doctorcito by writing an online review.

The Little Doctor/
El Doctorcito

The Little Doctor/El Doctorcito is a wonderful story about how my journey to become a doctor began. Do you have an “Impossible Dream”? Let me share my dream and the ups and downs of getting there. I hope it will help you on your journey. Throughout my education trajectory, I journaled my experiences. I suppose the influence of college professors who impressed on me the power of writing and reflection. The result? A swirl of culture, family, education, and persistence to succeed—themes all at play as I traversed the American educational system. And they all blend in as you read The Little Doctor/El Doctorcito. If I knew then what I know now . . .!

Inspired by his own experiences as a young boy helping his El Salvadorian grandmother navigate the US health-care system, Juan J. Guerra’s insightful, bilingual account highlights the need for culturally sensitive medical practitioners, in The Little Doctor: El doctorcito. Notes of despair and hope shine through in the strikingly animated artwork from Victoria Castillo.

— Foreword Reviews

Castillo’s background as a comic artist is successfully expressed in the characters’ exaggerated expressions and in her predominantly red and orange color scheme.”

— Kirkus Reviews

Attend a Book Reading or a Presentation

Would you like me to do a book signing or reading at your school or bookstore?

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December 9th, 2017, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, SCBWI Holiday Critique Fest and Debutante Ball

Preservation Park, Nile Hall 668 – 13th Street – Oakland, CA 94612


The Little Doctor In the News


Dr. Guerra selected as one of 8 debut authors for 2017 SCBWI

The Little Doctor/El doctorcito, Ages 4-8, Bilingual English/Spanish, May 31, 2017, Arte Publico Press/Pinata Books


Dr. Guerra featured in Houston’s Author on the Airwaves


The Little Doctor/El doctorcito Well Received by Students at readings:

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