NHMA Membership Committee_contact

Katherine A. Flores, MD
Director, UCSF – Fresno –Latino Center for Medical Education and Research


Maritza K. Alvarado, MD
MAK Consultants

Kathleen Fernandez-Colatrella

Daniel Terreros, MD, PhD
Tenured Professor of Pathology
Department of Biomedical Sciences
School of Medicine

Elias Guerrero, Jr. MD, MPA
New York City Health and Hospital Corp

Onelia Lage, MD
Associate 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

Leonard Rubinstein, MD
Leonard Rubinstein, MD, PA

Samuel Arce, MD
Chairperson, NHMA Council of Medical Societies
Spanish American Medical and Dental Society

Luis Estevez, MD
Empire Blue Cross/ Blue Shield

Richard Zapanta, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon

Yolanda Partida, D.P.A.
Director, National program Office
Hablamos Juntos II
Language Policy and Practice in Health Care
UCSF Fresno Medical Education Program

Holly Russo-Terreros
Vice President, Hospital Health Systems
Chief Clinical Officer

John Paul (JP) Sanchez, MD, MPH
PGY4, Emergency Medicine
Jacobi/Montefiore Medical Center

Michael Lopez, PhD
National Membership Co-Chair
Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA)

Elena Rios, MD, MSPH
EO and President


Bles Dones, MBA
Director, Membership – NHMA

NHMA Council of Medical Students

The NHMA Council of Medical Students is a membership category for medical students who are currently enrolled in their 3rd year or beyond.  NHMA Board of Directors recognize the critical need for the leadership development of Latino medical students so that they can be prepared to serve as leaders to improve health for our communities -- either in the Federal public health or in the private sector -- as medical faculty, clinicians in private practice, or as corporate private or nonprofit executives in hospitals, insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies and other companies that impact health care delivery.

Medical Students are welcome to join NHMA and receive special mentoring opportunities with our Council of Residents at our Regional Networking Meetings and discounts to attend our national conference. In addition, we encourage medical students to present a Hispanic Health Research Poster or a Hispanic Health Community Service Poster at our Annual Conference and participate as speakers at our NHMA Medical School Recruitment Program in Washington, DC; San Antonio, TX; and Los Angeles, CA.

In addition, we look forward to having more medical student interns in our Washington, DC office working on policy areas with Dr. Rios and staff.

Contact Sara Reinoso at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in participation with NHMA programs or for any questions.  To sign up online as a member of the NHMA Council of Medical Students, please click here.

NHMA Newsletter July 2010

National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) Newsletter - July 2010

Washington, DC


NHMA supports

the increase in funding for public health funding to Congressional appropriators this month. NHMA supports the Child Nutrition Act of 2010 to expand Federal nutrition programs.

President Obama Speech on Need for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

– NHMA joins National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (coalition of 30 + national Hispanic organizations) to send letter to President Obama supporting the direction to border security and path to citizenship for undocumented in the U.S.)

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act is now known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and will cover 32 million uninsured.

NHMA President meets at White House Briefing

with National Hispanic Organizations on June 4th - Stephanie Cutter, Assistant to the President for Special Projects discussed health reform implementation and opportunities for White House speakers on phone/events this summer. NHMA planning a national call for the NHMA Council of Medical Societies and the National Hispanic Health Professions Leadership Network. Let us know if you are interested in the Meeting information.

NHMA Congressional Briefing – “Health Care Reform Implementation for the Hispanic Community” with Congresswoman Lucille Roybal Allard

, White House Speaker, Janet Collins, CDC Director of Program, and Janet Henrich, Associate Director of HRSA Bureau of Health Professions and Ciro Sumaya, MD, Chairman of the Board, NHMA – at Rayburn House Office Bldg, July 22nd, 4-6 pm. Reception following Briefing. Please rsvp to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

NHMA President invited to White House for special meeting with national Stakeholders in health care to announce the Patient Bill of Rights for Health Care Reform – the new insurance policies going into effect include

Insurance plans to drop Pre-existing condition from access to their programs
Age of children on family plans goes up to 26 years old
Eligible Small Businesses have new tax credit with offering health insurance
Funding for State High Risk Pools starts (to offer more affordable health insurance for uninsured, until the Health Exchange System is set up in States by 2014)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announces its new health care reform implementation website, www.HealthCare.gov

CMS announces new Language Services Plan for Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP

New Prevention, Health Promotion and Public Health Council announces
its first status report to Congress. Chaired by Surgeon General Regina Benjamin and composed of senior government officials across federal departments and agencies, the Council is charged with elevating and coordinating prevention activities and designing a focused strategy across federal departments to prevent disease and promote the nation’s health. The report submitted today is the Council’s first, and an early step in the Administration’s development of a first-ever National Prevention and Health Promotion strategy. The Strategy’s impact will be significant because it will take a community health approach to prevention and well-being—identifying and prioritizing actions across government and between the public and private sectors.

June 16- Congressional Briefing on Latino Behavioral Health, Workforce Development & Leadership with Congresswoman Grace Napolitano, National Latino Mental Health Institute led the briefing.

Health Care Reform New National Commissions Announced

NHMA submitted nominations for the first of two announced commissions for Health Care Reform ---the National Health Care Workforce Commission that will develop recommendations for new programs and approaches to continue to develop the diversity in the pipeline of students to become doctors, nurses, public health professionals.

NHMA also submitted nominations for the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute Board of Governors who will develop the new public-private non-profit organization that will support expansion of comparative effectiveness research in the U.S.

There are more than a dozen new commissions to be appointed by President Obama, Congress or the Secretary this year. If interested in an NHMA Nomination, send your letter of interest, CV and go to website, www.nhmamd.org and become a member of NHMA.


NHMA Hispanic Physician Leadership Initiative

- promotes Leadership among our Members – doctors, residents, medical students. In the next month, NHMA has the following opportunities to develop leadership:

NHMA supports the National Latino AIDS Day Celebration, Oct. 15th and starts a partnership with the NY Latino AIDS Commission and president, Guillermo Chacon – planning the second national Latino AIDS Summit for January 2012.

Alzheimer’s Association Partnership

– NHMA working to empower Hispanic physicians and provided a forum for leadership development at the NHMA Annual Conference with NHMA Council of Medical Societies Presidents –to showcase the AA 10 Steps to Diagnose Alzheimer’s disease. We recognize the increase of the disease among Hispanics and African Americans and urge you to go to the NHMA Portal (HispanicHealth.info) for more information.

NHMA Leadership Fellowship

is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration, US Department of Health and Human Services to develop the leadership training of 10 outstanding Hispanic physicians from across the country --- The program will include a one week NYU Institute, July 11-16 to meet national and state leaders and build leadership skills for policy efforts in their future.

NHMA Resident Leadership Program

is also funded by HRSA to develop the career advancement of 20 Hispanic residents from across the country to pursue leadership whether in Academia or Private Practice by becoming aware of Federal and State government and advocacy organizations to work with in the future.

NHMA Resident Leadership Program NY Institute, July 14-16. Reception to meet Residents planned for July 15, NY Academy of Medicine, 6-8 pm.

NHMA Resident Leadership Program CA Institute, August 22-24. Reception to meet Residents planned for Aug. 23, location TBD.


Elena Rios, MD receives Honorary Degree, Doctor of Science, and serves as the Graduation Speaker for 4,000 graduates at Lehman College, Bronx, NY

We urge you to join the NHMA and gain valuable leadership and networking opportunities and to assist NHMA in recommending national policies and programs that will improve the health of Hispanics. Please contact Bles Dones, NHMA Membership Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (202) 628-5895 TODAY!

American Heart Association Disparities Summit, Dallas, Texas, July 21-22

US Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health Heart Truth Meeting, Washington, DC, July 19

Institute of Medicine Medicare Study – health economist, who does not receive Medicare funds needed.

Garcia Leadership Action Conference of the Latino Medical Student Association – NHMA requesting physician members to address the 40 medical student leaders from across the country on current leadership activities that you are involved in.

Steering Committee, Latino Infant Nutrition Initiative Meeting, sponsored by Abbott. NHMA President met with NCLR, MANA, Vision y Comprormiso and the Latino Health Communications, consultant to project at the National Association of Latino Elected Officials Conference in Denver, CO to plan a National Health Experts Summit. NHMA seeking physician to represent NHMA at the one day summit in Detroit, Michigan on July 28th.
Let us know your awards, honors to share with the NHMA Network ---send information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by end of first week of the month to be published in Newsletter.

Rios Speeches now on www.nhmamd.org:

June 3- “Using Comparative Effectiveness Research to Improve Health of Priority Populations”, in the Panel “Translating and Disseminating CER to Priority Populations and their Providers,” Brookings Institute, Mark McClellan, MD, MBA – Health Care Reform Institute, Washington, DC

June 16- High-Risk Populations Panel at the “Federal Agencies: Legislation and Leadership” Academy of Breastfeeding 2nd Annual Conference, Washington, DC

June 23- LISTA’S 3rd Annual Tech Latino Legislative Forum Luncheon – “Health Information Technology and Future Opportunities,” with Joxel Garcia, MD, David Dietz, OMH, Washington, DC

June 23- “Health Care Reform,” United Health Foundation Scholars Dinner, Washington, DC

June 26- Congresswoman Dianne Watson LA Healthcare Forum – “Health Care Reform,” with the Congresswoman, AARP, Business Coalition and Congressman Xavier Becerra, Good Samaritan Hospital, Los Angeles


NHMA Leadership Fellowship NYU Institute Reception

– NY Academy of Medicine, Thursday, July 15, 6-8 pm with Guest Speaker: Jaime Torres, DPM, US DHHS Region II Director, rsvp at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by July 12.
NHMA Leadership Fellowship NYU Institute July 15, 2010 Reception Video 1
NHMA Leadership Fellowship NYU Institute July 15, 2010 Reception Video 2

Congressional Briefings with Congresswoman Lucille Roybal Allard (for more information, Alioska Adrian, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

“Health Care Reform Implementation for the Hispanic Community”, July 22nd, 4-6 pm

“Child Obesity and Hispanic Communities”, Sept. 28th, 11am -1 pm

NHMA’s Foundation, The National Hispanic Health Foundation’s National Hispanic Health Professional Students Scholarship Fund Gala Dinners :

October 9th – Marriott Marquis Hotel, San Francisco
December 4th – Marriott Marquis Hotel, Times Square, New York City
See www.nhmafoundation.org for more information on the Application for Scholarships, Sponsorships, Ads, and Tickets

NHMA 15th Annual Conference, “Health Care Reform Implementation for Hispanic Communities” – Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC March 17-20, 2011

See www.nhmamd.org for Speaker Abstracts (due October 1, 2010), Poster Session Applications (due Feb. 1, 2011), Sponsorships, Exhibits, Ads (due Feb. 15, 2011).

Join NHMA for the only National Conference with Experts on Hispanic Health in the areas of Federal and State Health Policy; Medical Education; Health Professions Education; Health Services and Biomedical Research; and Clinical Updates - Prevention and Management of Hispanic Patients and their Families. The Annual 3 Day Conference and Related Activities is held in Washington, DC each year and provides CME credits for health professional licensure. SAVE THE DATE TO join us for our 15th Year Celebration!!!

Primary Care Physicians
UMass Memorial Medical Group

UMass Memorial Medical Group, a clinical partner of the University of Massachusetts Medical School ranked in the Top 10 for Primary Care among the nation's medical schools, is seeking Primary Care Physicians in central Massachusetts. Over 500 practitioners within our organization provide quality patient care across multiple settings, including office-based or hospital-based, independent or group, and private practice-like or clinic/health center, all while enjoying the benefits of being part of a large health system. Our opportunities also include outpatient practices, inpatient coverage and resident teaching. Come join our highly regarded team where Primary Care Physicians have a voice and the freedom to pursue their entrepreneurial spirit. Practice, learn and discover at UMass Memorial Medical Group.

Compensation includes base salary with attractive productivity incentives and excellent benefits.

Central Massachusetts is home to major universities, museums, historic buildings, and many state parks and is a wonderful region in which to live and work. Worcester, MA is in proximity to all of the major metropolitan areas of the northeast and has easy road access to New England coastal and mountain areas. Please log on to www.chooseworcester.com for more information about the greater Worcester, MA area.

To learn more about our Physician Career Opportunities, please visit: www.umassmemorialcareers.org

As an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, we embrace diversity in both our workforce and our approach to patient care.
U Mass

Faculty Position, Medical Education and Substance Abuse

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine seeks a senior level faculty member to lead in designing, developing, and implementing curricula for medical students, residents, and attending physicians. Curriculum evaluation, development, and implementation, faculty development, medical student teaching, continuing medical education accreditation, and research at all levels will be required. This position functions as the co-director of the Foundations of Clinical Medicine undergraduate medical curriculum and Medical Director for Continuing Medical Education. The position also calls for experience in remediation for troubled learners and intensive remediation in ethics and substance abuse for identified professionals. The successful candidate will be an innovative and creative professional educator with an MD degree who has extensive experience in medical education, continuing medical education, an established record of educational research publications, a proven record of successful grant applications, and demonstration of strong leadership, communication, presentation and facilitation skills. Faculty rank will be commensurate with experience and achievement.

CWRU School of Medicine trains more than 600 MD and MD/PhD students. Case is affiliated with University Hospitals of Cleveland, MetroHealth Medical Center, the Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and the Cleveland Clinic, with which it operates the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. The full-time faculty number over 2000.

Applicants should submit a CV and a letter describing their interest and previous experience by email to Carolyn Jenkins (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Review of candidates’ materials will begin whenever applications are received.

In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity

ORLANDO, FL Invasive or Non-Invasive Cardiology opportunity, partnership potential in 1 year!

Exclusive opportunity to join a solo interventional cardiologist looking to add a SPANISH SPEAKING Invasive (non-interventional) or Non-Invasive cardiologist to this well established practice. Looking for a candidate that can do nuclear, echo, TEE. Diagnostic cath and PACERS considered a plus, if the candidate is Invasive.

Work out of one office. Full in-office cardiovascular services including nuclear (Siemans camera) along with a room dedicated to echo and ultra sound as well. There is also a room dedicated to stress echo with one treadmill. Physician Assistant full time employee to help with both inpatients and office patients. PA comfortable with hospital, consults, follow ups and dictation of notes. The new cardiologist will have his/her own full office.

This office will also be fully equipped with EMR in 2010.
Admit to (2) hospitals - Florida Hospital East (primary) and Florida Hospital South.
This office has a staff of (6) people.
The call share will be 1:4 - shared with two other cardiologists in the area.
Academic affiliation is also available to you as well.

Great compensation package with full benefits and the option to become a partner after the first year !!
Very multi-cultural community. Wonderful communities in the area such as Winter Park, Maitland, Isleworth and Oviedo. Great school systems in the area with a ton of recreational things to do as well. Disneyworld and Universal Studios are only 20 minutes away.

Contact: Chris Tracy
Royal Oak Cardiology Group
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