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    Established in 1994 in Washington, DC, the National Hispanic Medical Association is a non-profit association representing the interests of 50,000 licensed Hispanic physicians in the United States. NHMA is dedicated to empowering Hispanic physicians to be leaders who will help eliminate health disparities and improve the health of Hispanics. NHMA's vision is to be the national leader to improve the health of Hispanic populations.
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    Gaylord National Harbor Hotel, Washington, DC area : We also invite government agencies, health industry, corporate and non profit health experts to becoming a Sponsor and to provide a Career Exhibit for our health professionals and students and medical residents.
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  • National Hispanic Health Foundation

    The National Hispanic Health Foundation (NHHF), a 501c3 organization, was established in 1994 as the philanthropic branch of the National Hispanic Medical Association. The mission of NHHF is to improve the health of Hispanics and other underserved.
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Consensus Summit on Building Diversity in Medicine and Research Report

As a part of an ongoing commitment to promote health care equity and quality, the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) convened a meeting of national experts to the Consensus Summit on Building Diversity in Medicine and Research, on January 29, 2015 at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland.  National leaders for underrepresented populations in science and medicine discussed their best ideas and practices for improving representation; established recommendations, and formulated a direction and consensus statements, with the aim to build diversity in medicine and research in the U.S. not sure about the wording:  Link here to the Summit Final Report.

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NHMA White Paper: NHMA Produced a white paper entitled: “An Examination of Minority Populations and the Dental Service Organization Model in the US," which examines dental access among minority & low -income populations.

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 Introducing the NHMA Endorsed Employee Benefits Program: NHMA is excited to respond to the needs of its member physicians and supporters by offering our new NHMA Endorsed Employee Benefits Program.  The program offers access to quality health plans and valuable supplemental insurance and business products for NHMA physicians, members and their staff. Click here for more information. 

NHMA's "CALL TO ACTION" against GOP Health Care Bill to Repeal ACA  (The Skinny Bill) : NHMA advocates for health reform that includes access to affordable healthcare insurance for all and Medicaid expansion and subsidies and cost sharing for insurance plans. Call the Capitol Operator at (202) 224-3121 to tell Senators to Vote No to Replace ACA TODAY July 27, 2017.

Trump Administration Nominations - See Plum Book for political positions for Trump Administration - full time and part time Boards. Send in your Letter of Interest and CV to NHMA Health Professional Appointment Project to nhma@nhmamd.org

NHMA Cardiovascular Disease and Hispanics Leadership Summit Series, 2017 -  Caruso Catholic Center, USC, Los Angeles, CA - August 17th. Health & community leaders invited. We invite community leaders and health professionals - All day summits followed by Region Networking Receptions from 4:30 - 7:30 pm. RSVP to Pedro Montenegro at pmontenegro@nhmamd.org

NHMA Region Policy Forums and Receptions  SAVE THE DATES: Sept thru Nov - Washington, DC - Sept.7, Los Angeles - Sept. 19, NYC - Oct 5, Atlanta Oct. 19, Chicago, Nov. 11, San Antonio - TBD. Speakers include US DHHS Region Directors and healthcare private sector leaders.

NHHF Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship Galas - honoring key leaders as well as the scholars - New York Academy of Medicine, NY, Nov. 30 and Millenium Biltmore Hotel, Downtown Los Angeles, CA, Dec. 14 - with Health Professional/Student Job Fair at 5:30 - 6:30 pm in LA only.


NHMA Leadership Fellowship Class of 2010


Jessica Marie Nuñez de Ybarra, MD, MPH
California Department of Public Health

Diana E. Ramos, MD, MPH, FACOG
University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine

Iris A. Castro-Revoredo, MD
Grady Memorial Hospital

Felipe Pérez, MD
Indiana University
New York

Sam Arce, MD, FAAFP
Private Medical Practice

New York

 Luis Javier Castro, MD
Westside Family Health Center
New York

Helen M. Fernandez, MD, MPH
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
New York

 Benjamin Ortiz, MD
Columbia University Medical Center
New York

Manuel Vazquez, MD
Urban Health Plan


Wanda Cruz-Knight, MD
Director, Predoctoral Education
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Victor Diaz, MD
Jefferson Family Medicine Associates

NHMA Leadership Fellowship Class of 2006


Arthur Martinez, M.D., M.S.H.A.
Chief Clinical Officer
El Rio Health Center

Richard Torres, M.D., M.P.H.,
F.A.C.P., C.H.E.S.
Medical Director
Bridgeport Community Health Center
Clinical Assistant Professor
Yale University School of Medicine

Claudia Hernandez, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Dermatology
University of Illinois at Chicago

Alfredo Lopez-Nunez, M.D.
Neurohealth Ltd. And Medical Director
Alivio Medical Center

Diana Torres-Burgos, M.D.
Masters of Public Health Candidate 2006
University of Michigan School of Public Health
Anna Arbor
New Jersey

Iris Herrera, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Academic Medicine,
Geriatrics and Community Programs
UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School
New Jersey

Ana Natale-Pereira, M.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Academic Medicine, Geriatrics,
and Community Programs
Medical Director, Community
Based Networks
UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School

 Sylvia Rosas, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Renal-Electrolyte & Hypertension Division
University of Pennsylvania  Medical Center
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Griselle Figueredo, M.D.
Centro Salud/
The Family Health Center

Onelia Lage, M.D
Assistant Clinical Professor
Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics
University of Miami School of Medicine

Mabel Caban, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Orthopedicts & Rehabilitation
Division of Spine Surgery
University of Texas Medical Branch


Fellows with NHMA Staff



Fellows at United Nations Reception


Group Photo


Fellows with Awardees at
United Nations


Dr. Rios with Awardees at United Nations

NHMA Leadership Fellowship Class of 2004


Ana Maria Lopez, MD, MPH, FACP
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine and Pathology, University of Arizona School of Medicine

Maria Puig-Llano, MD
Opthamology, Private Practice

Lisa Flowers, MD, FACOG
Assistant Professor, Director of Colposcopy Services, Emory University School of Medicine

Hugo Alvarez, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, Medicine Clerkship Co-Director, RFUHS, The Chicago Medical School
Private Practice, Internal Medicine
Access Community Health Network

Sara Velasco, MD
Clinical Fellow, Department of Family Medicine, University of Minnesota School of Medicine
New Mexico

Anthony Martinez, MD
Clinical Director, Las Vegas Medical Center
New York

Nora Esteban-Cruciani, MD
Associate Professor; Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Director of Clinical Services, CAS/CHAM Outreach Program (Bronx, N.Y.)

 Raul De la Cadena, MD, FACP
Assistant Dean and Director of Recruitment, Admissions and Retention Program, Temple University School of Medicine
Associate Professor, Temple University School of Medicine

Noel Rosales, MD
Director, Cultural Effectiveness Initiative, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Amado Freire, MD, MPH, FACP, FCCP
Associate Professor of Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Concepcion Diaz-Arrastia, MD
Assistant Professor, Gynecologic Oncology, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston



Awardees at the conference


9/11 Memorial in New York


Dinner with the fellows


New York skyline


DC Institute


DC Institute


DC Institute


DC Institute - White House visit


DC Institute - White House visit


Bruce Ballard


Dr. Jo Ivey Boufford


Dr. Rios and Thomas Burke


Dr. Boufford and G. Zepenfeldt-Cestero


George Zepenfeldt-Cestero


Boufford, J. Morales


Awardee Thomas Burke




Raul De La Cadena






Fellowship reception










Dr. Rios and Fellows


George Zepenfeldt-Cestero, Dr. Puig-Llano


Class of 2004 Fellows


NHMA Leadership Fellowship Class of 2003



Alicia Fernandez, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCSF;
Attending Physician/Hospitalist, San Francisco General Hospital

Sandra L. Perez, MD
Pediatrician, Private Practice


Jose G. Castro, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, AIDS Clinical Research Unit
University of Miami School of Medicine

Luis A. Cintron, MD
Medical Director, The Phoenix Project, Borinquen Health Care Center

Inginia Genao, MD
Emory University School of Medicine

Antonio Jose Delgado, MD
Attending Physician, Department of Internal Medicine
Illinois Masonic Hospital
New York

Maritza Alvarado, MD
Attending Neonatologist, Neonatal Consultants, P.C.
New York

 Yvette Calderon, MD
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Site Residency Director for Emergency Medicine, Jacobi Emergency Department
New York

Samuel De Leon, MD
Vice President of Affairs/Chief Medical Officer
Urban Health Plan, Inc.
New York

Elsa Escalera, MD
Attending Physician, Bronx Lebanon Hospital;
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
New York

Johanny M. Garcia, MD
Instructor in Clinical Medicine/Assistant Attending Physician
New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia University Campus
 New York

Nelly Maseda, MD, PC
Private Practice, Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Iris, M. Reyes, MD
Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania;
Attending Physician/Assistant Medical Director, Emergency Department, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Juan M. Parra, MD, MPH
Associate Professor, Pediatrics /Associate Director, Medical Hispanic Center of Excellence
University of Texas Health Sciences Center San Antonio

Miguel Ramirez-Colon, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Department of Physician Assistant Studies / Department of Family Practice
University of Texas Health Sciences Center San Antonio

Cecilia Romero, MD
Associate Professor, Family Medicine
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, School of Medicine

Gonzalo Paz-Soldan, MD
Attending Pediatrician, Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children

2003 Fellows Policy Team Papers and Presentations

2003 Cultural Competence Policy Team:

  • Maritza Alvarado, MD
  • Johanny Garcia, MD
  • Gonzalo Paz-Soldan, MD
  • Iris Reyes, MD
  • Faculty Advisor: Susana Morales, MD

"Cultural Competence: Ensuring the Provision of Services  for Persons with Limited English Proficiency"
Presentation of Findings at the NHMA 8th Annual Conference March 19, 2003

2003 Financing the Health System Policy Team:

  • Jose G. Castro, MD
  • Elsa Escalera, MD
  • Inginia Genao, MD
  • Faculty Advisor: Charles Brecher, PhD

"The New Medicare Law: Implications for Vulnerable Populations"
Presentation of Findings at the NHMA 8th Annual Conference March 19, 2003


2003 Medical Education Policy Team:

  • Yvette Calderon, MD
  • Antonio Jose Delgado, MD
  • Juan Parra, MD, MPH
  • Miguel Ramirez-Colon, MD
  • Cecilia Romero, MD
  • Faculty Advisor: Nereida Correa, MD

"The Health Profession Pipeline: A Non-Traditional Approach"
Presentation of Findings at the NHMA 8th Annual Conference March 19, 2003
Team Policy Paper 2003

2003 Strengthening the Safety Net Policy Team:

  • Luis Cintron, MD
  • Samuel DeLeon, MD
  • Alicia Fernandez, MD
  • Nelly Maseda, MD
  • Sandra Perez, MD
  • Faculty Advisor: Jo Ivey Boufford, MD

"Public Private Partnerships in Hispanic Asthma Care: Expanding the Safety Net"
Presentation of Findings at the NHMA 8th Annual Conference March 19, 2003

NHMA Leadership Fellowship Class of 2001


E. Luis Aguilar, MD
Medical Director, Internal Medicine, Arizona Community Physicians
Vice-President, National Hispanic Medical Association

Michelle Bholat, MD, MPH
Chief of Clinical Operations, Department of Family Medicine, Univerisity of California-Los Angeles

Eduardo Lopez, MD
Medical Director, Emergency Department, Santa Marta Hospital

Theresa Loya, MD
Assistant Professor, King Drew Medical Center

Alberto Cohen-Abbo, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Univeristy of Connecticut, Connecticut Children's Medical Center

Curtis Lewis, MD
Senior Vice President, Grady Health System

Sarah Stelzner, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Inidiana University School of Medicine

Grover Espinoza, MD
Past President, Bolivian Medical Society

Fernando Diaz, MD
Professor & Chairman, Neurological Surgery Department, Wayne State University
New York

Daniel Korin, MD
Senior Vice-President of Physician Services, Terra Health Association
New York

Elizabeth Lee-Rey, MD
Assistant Professor of Family Practice, Albert Einstein School of Medicine
New York

Amneris Luque, MD
Medical Director, Strong AIDS Center, University of Rochester

Maria Herran, MD
Clinical Instructor in Pediatrics, Rainbow Center for International Child Health

Gilda Mateo, MD
Director of Pediatric Hispanic Clinic, Tod Children's Hospital

Miguel Villalona Calero, MD
Associate Professor of Medical Oncology, Ohio State University

Carlos Corral, MD, FACS
President, Southwest Association of Hispanic Physicians

Marta Corral, MD
El Paso Anesthesia Specialists, P.A.

John Nava, MD
President, Mexican American Physicians Association

Juan Nieto, MD
Emergency Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Ricardo Perez, MD
Assistant Professor & Resident Program Director, Univeristy of Texas Health Science Center at El Paso


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