• Welcome to NHMA

    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.


Membership Benefits

As an NHMA Member, you become part of a community of Hispanic physicians and other healthcare professionals dedicated to improving healthcare for Hispanics, eliminating healthcare disparities, and advancing your careers as leaders for our community - whether in private practice, academia, administration or in public service.

According to our current members, the 4 major values of a NHMA membership are Advocacy, Education, Leadership Development and Networking. Please read below to see about the other major benefits we off:

Opportunities to be nominated for commissions and advisory boards in the Federal government, private sector, and other national health professional associations.

  • Just a few of the committees our members have been appointed to:
    • American Medical Association Minority Affairs Section (AMA-MAS)
    • National Priorities Partnership, organized by the National Quality Forum
    • Nutrition Keys Labeling Education Advisory Panel
    • American Diabetes Association Board of Directors
    • National Healthcare Workforce Commission of the Federal Government
    • California Regenerative Medicine Commission
  • NHMA actively nominates our members to public service.  Throughout their tenure, Presidential administrations typically fill more than 8,000 public service leadership and high-level support positions, including governing spots on advisory boards, commissions, and other bodies within the federal government.  More information about the range of positions filled by Presidential appointment can be found by consulting the Plum Book at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/GPO-PLUMBOOK-2012/content-detail.html

Opportunities to mentor medical students and residents.

  • By joining our new Mentorship Program, physicians and residents can have the opportunity to mentor residents/medical students to help create a smoother transition from school to workplace.

Discounts at the NHMA Annual Conference.

  • Our members are recognized at our annual conference with a NHMA Member Ribbon on their name tag, as well as a Discounted Registration Fee.

Access to our monthly newsletters.

  • Dr. Elena Rios writes a monthly newsletter, allowing our members to keep informed on issues, NHMA programs, and Member updates. We also offer exclusive job opportunities and other benefits only eligible for NHMA members.

Access to our new NHMA MEMBER Affinity Program.

  • We recently started our affinity program and we look forward to expanding our partnerships with more companies in the future.  This year our members can enjoy the discounts and benefits offered by the following companies. For more information on the different companies, click here.




Ability to apply for NHMA Leadership Fellowship and Resident Leadership Programs

  • To learn more about the NHMA Leadership Fellowship Program click here
  • To learn more about the NHMA Resident Leadership Program click here

Opportunities to share your research either by being a speaker or poster presenter at our annual conference

  • Looking for an opportunity to get your research projects showcased? Whether you are a physician in practice, faculty member, resident or medical student or other health professional, NHMA's annual conference is a great way to share your research and expert knowledge with your colleagues and others interested in learning about Hispanic health care delivery. Poster and Speaker Abstracts can be found at www.nhmamd.org

Network with other healthcare professionals at one of NHMA Regional Events

  • See Regional Events tab under Resources on home page for upcoming events.

Access to NHMA Hispanic Health Portal

  • This is an unique portal for information for Hispanic health for providers and patients; and a Calendar of Events for Hispanic health meetings.

Earn CME credits by attending our annual conference or by enrolling in our Online CME Courses (under Physician Resources)

  • For more information and to find out the what sessions we are offering, click here.

To download a membership application, click here.

About NHMA Membership

We are pleased that you are interested in becoming more connected with the National Hispanic Medical Association. We are also eager to get to know you, and to support your professional endeavors.

As an NHMA Member, you will become part of a community of Hispanic physicians and other healthcare professionals dedicated to improving healthcare for Hispanics, eliminating health disparities, and advancing your leadership career - whether you are in private practice, academia, administration or in private practice.

To download a membership application, click here.

Here are just some reasons to join NHMA:

Advocacy:  Ã‚ Ãƒƒ‚ Ãƒƒ‚ Ãƒƒ‚ Ãƒƒ‚ Ãƒƒ‚ Ãƒƒ‚ Ãƒƒ‚ Ãƒƒ‚ Ãƒƒ‚ Ãƒƒ‚ Ãƒƒ‚ Ãƒ‚ Ãƒƒ‚ Ãƒƒ‚ Ãƒƒ‚ Ãƒƒ‚ Ãƒƒ‚ Ãƒƒ‚  With NHMA, you have a voice... 

Due to our close relationship with and credibility of Congressional leaders, the White House, Federal government agencies, public policy institutions, and other associations you can express your views and impact healthcare issues for Hispanics.

Education:  Opportunities lead to private practice, academic faculty, and public health professional growth

ÂAAA  At our Annual Spring Conference in Washington, DC, participants hear from healthcare/policy experts about the newest programs and policies that can improve the participants' careers and lead to the improvement of Hispanic health. Learn from the best and the brightest while earning CME credits.

NHMA Congressional Briefings and Regional Forums also promote education of participants on current issues of concern toHispanic physicians and health professionals and their patients.

Leadership: Nominations and job opportunities allow you to get more involved...

As a Premier Member of NHMA, you get the exclusive privilege of being nominated for government and private sector boards and commissions and NHMA Board of Directors committees that can enhance your leadership skills. You will also receive notifications of leadership positions via our monthly newsletter.  NHMA members are also invited to apply for the NHMA Leadership Fellowship and Resident Leadership and Mentoring Programs.

Networking: Together we all succeed...

attending NHMA's Annual Conference, Congressional briefings, or Region Leadership Forums you will be networking with colleagues and other healthcare professionals who will provide you with limitless opportunities and potential to grow and succeed.

NHMA Institution Membership also exists for non-profit organizations.

NHHF Corporate Advisory Board exists for corporate members to work closely with NHMA and its Foundation, the National Hispanic Health Foundation. Contact Dr. Elena Rios, NHMA and NHHF President about your interest in joining our efforts at (202) 628-5895.

Again, thank you for considering NHMA as your membership association. We look forward to getting you more involved in our organization; once you join NHMA you will gain access to our member only benefits page where you can take advantage of all the different perks we have. Explore the rest of the membership website and join by clicking the icon on the right that says

€œJoin the NHMA. ƒFor more information please contact Sara Reinoso at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 202-628-5895.

NHMA Council Of Residents (COR)

 NHMA established the NHMA Council of Residents (COR) to have a forum for NHMA Members who are residents and fellows to meet and network and to learn about opportunities to help advance their careers as future leaders in medicine.

Please join NHMA as a Premier Member and become a part of a unique group of colleagues.


To help medical and surgical residents grow personally and professionally (in terms of health policy, academia, and business) so that they may help to ensure health equity for Hispanics and other underserved populations.


1.      Develop the NHMA COR Mentoring Program to help COR members find new mentors with NHMA physicians.

2.      Provide professional development training to help COR members to succeed in academia, health policy, and business.

3.      Provide COR members with leadership opportunities to help ensure health equity for Hispanics and other underserved populations.

4.      Develop communication pathways for recruitment of COR members, building mentorship pipelines, and dissemination of information.

5.      Contribute to the success of the NHMA national conference and regional networking events. 

Note the NHMA COR is also encouraged to serve as mentors to the Latino Medical Student Association and support their annual and regional conferences at the NHMA COR Exhibit and Residency Workshop.

Each year the section recruits interested residents and fellowship trainees into leadership positions at the NHMA Board of Directors Committees and the NHMA Region Steering Committees.

In 2017, NHMA COR has started a project for IMGs - please join NHMA COR and contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


NHMA Premier Member Status Active

1.      Help to advocate for health equity for Hispanics and other underserved communities on the local level.

2.      Assist in the implementation and promotions of local community service, health policy, and educational activities.

3.      Help to ensure successful NHMA and LMSA local, regional, and national events by attending and encouraging others to attend.

4.      Help to recruit members to the NHMA COR. 

Region Representatives

1.      Act as the local voice and representation of NHMA COR.

2.      Help to advocate for health equity for Hispanics and other underserved communities at the local level.

3.      Advocate on local and state level on ways to help residents grow personally and professionally.

4.      Help to develop and implement programming on mentoring, networking, and providing professional development for residents within three primary aspects of medicine: policy,   business, and academia.

5.      Help to ensure successful NHMA and LMSA local events and regional conferences.

6.      Help to recruit members to the NHMA COR. 

Regional Coordinator 

1.      Act as the regional voice and representation of NHMA.

2.      Advocate on the regional and state level on ways to help residents grow personally and professionally.

3.      Mentor program representatives on how to develop and implement programming on mentoring, networking, and providing professional development for residents within three primary aspects of medicine: policy, business, and academia.

4.      Coordinate activities with NHMA and LMSA national and regional conferences.

5.      Help to recruit programs to the NHMA COR.

National Committees

Each of Committee shall be led by a respective committee chair.  Note that NHMA Board of Directors also invites COR Representatives to its Communications, Development, Conference and Region/Membership Committees. To apply to NHMA Board Committees: send request to Raquel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

1.      Professional Development

2.      Academic Affairs

3.      Policy

4.      Public Relations

Executive Positions

1.     Chairman

2.     Vice Chair for Internal Affairs

3.     Vice Chair for External Affairs


MENTORSHIP PROGRAM - NHMA started a Mentorship Program with physicians and residents at our Region Forums in the Fall and at the National Conference in the Spring.

For more information, contact Council Leadership at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 202-628-5895.


Leadership Application - For Residents interested in Leadership positions within the Council of Residents please fill out the application

Membership Information Questionnaire - In an effort to increase engagement with Residents we would like to know specific activities you are interested in.  We appreciate it you can please complete the questionnaire.

NHMA Membership Committee


  • Onelia Lage, MD
    • Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Director of Adolescent Medical Education and Community Health, Division of Adolescent Medicine/Department of Pediatrics
    • University of Miami Miller School of Medicine


  • Maritza K. Alvarado, MD
    • MAK Consultants
  • Kathleen Fernandez-Colatrella
    • President
    • LINEA System LLC
  • Miguel Gosalbez
    • LMSA Nominee
  • Leonard Rubinstein, MD
    • Leonard Rubinstein, MD, PA
  • Samuel Arce, MD
    • Chairperson, NHMA Council of Medical Societies
    • Spanish American Medical and Dental Society
  • John Paul (JP) Sanchez, MD, MPH
    • Instructor, Emergency Medicine
    • Jacobi/Montefiore Medical Center
  • Mauricio Pinto, MD
    • Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
  • Jose Rodriguez, MD
    • Editor in Chief--HEAL: Humanism Evolving through Arts and Literature, Medical Director, Neighborhood Health Service
    • Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Rural Health
    • Florida State University College of Medicine
  • Minerva Romero Arenas, MD, MPH
    • NHMA COR, Membership Chair
    • General Surgery Resident
    • Sinai Hospital of Baltimore
  • Efren Manjarrez, MD, SFHM
    • Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
    • Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami


  • John Aguilar, Program Officer
  • Elena Rios, MD, MSPH, President & CEO

NHMA Council of Medical Societies

The NHMA Council of Medical Societies are State and Regional Hispanic Medical Societies who are partners with NHMA with an MOU developed by the leaders of these groups. If your Society has a 501c3 and interested in joining, call Sara Reinoso at (202) 628-5895 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

New Mexico Hispanic Medical Association
Steve Lucero
(Executive Director)

HEddie Ochoa, MD, F.A.A.P.

Arkansas Latino Medical Association

Maria Puig-Llano, MD
California Latino Medical Association

Jose Arevalo, MD
Latino Physicians of California

Jessica Nunez de Ybarra, MD
Sacramento Latino Medical Association

Luis Munoz, MD
Illinois Hispanic Physician Association
Woodcare Medical Center

Spanish American Medical Dental Society of New York

Hispanic American Medical Society of Louisiana (HAMAL)

Hispanic Medical Association of Houston (HAMAH)

Austin Hispanic Medical Association
Dallas Hispanic Medical Association
Mexican American /Hispanic American Physician Association Of South Texas

Southwest Association of Hispanic American Physician
Paso del Norte

Constantino Fernandez, MD
Rochester Medical Society

Society of Latin American Physicians
The University of TN
Health Science Center

US Colombia Medical Association (USCMA)
Pan American Medical Society
Salvadoran American Medical Society


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