Nicoll Capizzano, MD


Universidad Ricardo Palma
Third Year

I was born and raised in Lima Peru, and as far as I can remember I always wanted to become a doctor. My first direct contact with medicine happened when I was an adolescent: I had the opportunity to volunteer in the national vaccination program organized by the Peruvian government. During that time I traveled to different low income communities where people do not have access to institutional medical care and do not speak Spanish but Quechua.

After earning my degree in Imaging Technology, I worked as an MRI technologist in a private imaging center in Lima. I decided to continue my medical career at the Ricardo Palma University. In medical school I enjoyed participating in the preventive care programs and also I had the opportunity to do several rotations at different hospitals, especially in low income districts. There, I was able to learn not only about medicine, but most importantly about life and the dimension of human suffering. I made my one year Internship at the Argerich City Hospital in Buenos Aires, Argentina, under the auspices of the Maimonides University.

I was fortunate enough to meet my husband, Andres, before finishing medical school, and we married after my graduation in 2005. Soon after that my husband and I moved to Iowa City, where he is currently working as a neuroradiologist at UIHC.

My professional interests include medical education, management of chronic diseases, psychiatry, and preventive medicine. I like to expend my free time with my husband and friends. My hobbies include cooking, reading, biking, listening to music and traveling. Feel free to email me if you have any questions about this wonderful program.