Dr. José Magaña

Magaña Honored as First of Waubonsee’s “Fabulous 40”

Dr. José Magaña

Sugar Grove — Over the past four decades, almost a quarter of a million students have enrolled at Waubonsee Community College to start or continue their educational journeys and find their own unique pathway to success. Dr. José Magaña is one such individual and has been named the first member of Waubonsee’s “Fabulous 40.”


As part of the college’s yearlong 40th anniversary celebration, Waubonsee is honoring 40 alumni and students who embody the mission, vision and values of the college. These individuals represent the diversity of Waubonsee’s students and the college district, as well as the diversity of the college’s mission as a comprehensive community college.

Magaña, an internal medicine physician for the Dreyer Medical Clinic, has shown laserlike focus in his pursuit of his life goals. He has been remarkably successful so far, though, he is far from complacent.

After graduating from East Aurora High School and serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, Magaña graduated from Waubonsee in 1986 with an Associate in Applied Science degree.

“I have nothing but good memories from Waubonsee,” he said. “The professors took the time to teach us quality material.”

Magaña is no stranger to long hours and hard work. When he enrolled at Waubonsee, he was working at a local factory and taking classes in the evenings and around his work schedule. This flexibility in scheduling, and the persistent, caring mentorship of Waubonsee faculty and staff, encouraged Magaña to complete his studies.

“Waubonsee taught me that with some work, many things can be achieved with a solid education background — as long as the education is solid,” he said.

Magaña continued his education at California State University-Fullerton, earning a bachelor’s degree in physics there in 1991. Magaña earned a medical degree from University of California-San Diego, School of Medicine, La Jolla, in 1996. He went on to complete his residency at the University of Minnesota, in Minneapolis, and was board certified in internal medicine in 1999.

Currently, Magaña is affiliated with both Provena Mercy and Rush-Copley Hospitals in Aurora. He also volunteers his services for the Wellness Clinic, a free clinic run by the Kane County Health Department for patients who have chronic illnesses and who are underinsured or uninsured.

Another passion of Magaña’s is ensuring the success of young Hispanic students. In light of that goal, he co-founded the Aurora Hispanic Medical Scholarship Initiative through the auspices of the Jesús Guadalupe Foundation. His other community involvement includes being a member of the Aurora Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Jesús Guadalupe Foundation, Family Focus, the West Aurora High School Foundation, and the East Aurora District 131 Latino Advisory Board. In addition, he serves as the chairman for the Quality Assurance Committee for Medicine at Rush-Copley Hospital.

Magaña lives with his wife, Nora, and their two children, Kimberly and Aldo, in Sugar Grove. In addition to his medical work, he is an accomplished sculptor whose work has been on display at local art galleries.

“I think I still have more accomplishments to achieve personally,” he said. “But more important than that, with my children, I hope to be able to instill in them the love of learning so that they can be successful.”