Established in 1994 in Washington, D.C., the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) is a non-profit association representing the interests of 50,000 licensed Hispanic physicians in the United States. 

The vision of the organization is to be the national leader in improving the health of Hispanic populations. 

The mission of the organization is to empower Hispanic physicians to lead efforts to improve the health of Hispanic and other underserved populations in collaboration with Hispanic state medical societies, residents, medical students, and other public and private sector partners. 

NHMA provides a great learning network for :

Physicians and other health professionals — see Programs, Resources, and Events.

Health professional students — see Membership and Events to meet physicians and medical students

PreHealth professional students — see NHMA's College Health Scholars Program 

Policymakers on Latino Health policies — see Government Affairs


As a rapidly growing national resource based in the nation’s capital, NHMA:

  • Serves as a resource to the White House, Congress, and the federal government
  • Develops leadership for public health and private sector Boards and C Suite Positions
  • Provides networking opportunities with stakeholders who impact Hispanic health

Being a Resource

NHMA provides policymakers, healthcare providers, and our partners with expert information and support in strengthening health service delivery to Hispanic communities across the nation. The NHMA works closely with the White House, federal agencies, Congress, the private sector, and foundations as well as national Hispanic organizations. NHMA also works closely with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), the Congressional Hispanic Conference Institute (CHLI), and other Congressional offices on healthcare policy development that impacts our communities, medical education, health reform and research. In addition, NHMA partners with corporations, academia, foundations, media, and coalitions who also advocate on healthcare delivery, medical education and health workforce leadership and diversity, prevention and public health, and health policy and community-based research for our communities.

Leadership Development

NHMA coordinates leadership programs to develop future leaders that we actively nominate to positions, boards and commissions within the federal government and corporate sector. We have trained 150 Fellows and 200 Resident Leaders. HHS has been the principal sponsor of these programs. In 2013, we started the NHMA California Leadership Fellowship supported by the California Wellness Foundation to develop physician leaders in California. NHMA shares leadership opportunities with its professional members on Fridays to public and private sector organizations. Send announcements to Elena Rios, MD at [email protected].


In 1997, NHMA began convening its Annual Hispanic Health Conference in March each year in Washington, D.C. to build its network of physicians, residents, medical students, premedical students, and other providers. Our agenda includes expanding access to quality culturally competent healthcare, increasing opportunities for clinicians in private practice and academic medicine, and health research for Latinos. Another major focus is healthcare policies focused on the ACA and eliminating health disparities faced by Latinos.

NHMA sponsors Hispanic Health Congressional Briefings and 18 NHMA Chapter Policy Forums each year with health experts to educate Congressional staff, national and local stakeholders on policies and programs that can improve the health of our communities.

NHMA provides a monthly e-newsletter to our 25,000 members and meeting/programs participants  with Member Highlights. Send in your picture and accomplishment to share by first Friday of the month to Vincent Gearity at [email protected].