From creating patient-centered blogs to researching some of the most current pressing medical issues, these Hispanic leaders in medicine champion their roots by advocating for social justice and equity in healthcare.
These are just a few of the diverse voices out there, so let us know who you’re following in the comments.
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Narjust Florez, MD (Twitter: @NarjustFlorezMD)
Florez is a thoracic medical oncologist and the associate director of the Cancer Care Equity Program at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Her clinical interests are centered around targeted therapy for lung cancer, particularly focusing on the care of women. In addition to her clinical duties, Florez leads research in cancer health disparities, as well as gender and racial discrimination in healthcare. She is the recipient of several awards, including the 2018 Resident of the Year Award from the National Hispanic Medical Association.
Leslie Gonzalez, DO, MS (Instagram: drlesliegonzalez)
Gonzalez is the founder of Latinx en Medicina, a digital media platform whose mission is “to inform our comunidad on all things Latinx health through digital media.” Gonzalez has published clinical research on HIV, and she’s passionate about social justice and equity in medicine.
Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, MD (Twitter: @DoctorQMd)
Quiñones-Hinojosa (known as “Dr. Q”) is a Mexican-American neurosurgeon who currently serves as the William J. and Charles H. Mayo Professor and Chair of Neurologic Surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. In 2008, he made Hispanic Business Journal‘s 100 Most Influential Hispanics list. Quiñones-Hinojosa is also an author and researcher, and conducts NIH-funded studies on brain cancer.
Ana I. Velázquez Mañana, MD, MSc (Twitter: @AnaVManana)
A native of Puerto Rico, Velázquez Mañana is a medical oncology fellow at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and an advocate for diversity and inclusion. She is committed to serving vulnerable and underserved populations, especially improving access to oncology care. Velázquez Mañana studies healthcare disparities and the unmet needs of adults with lung cancer, and leads quality efforts at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, supported by a 3-year grant from the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.
Ilan Shapiro, MD, MBA (Instagram: dr_shaps)
Shapiro is the medical director of health education and wellness at AltaMed in Los Angeles. Prior to taking this position, he worked for the Mexican Secretary of Health, where he liaised between the Mexican government and the World Health Organization. He has spent his career providing care to underserved populations. In his current role, he champions improved access to healthcare by addressing social determinants of health.
Erica Montes, MD (Instagram: the.modern.mujer)
Montes is a board-certified ob/gyn who created The Modern Mujer, a women’s health blog that provides tips ranging from medical advice, to information about getting into medical school. She’s passionate about inspiring other women to reach their potential and empowering women to take control over their health.
Elena Rios, MD, MSPH, MACP (Twitter: @ElenaRiosMD)
Rios is the president and CEO of the National Hispanic Medical Association, which serves to improve the health of Hispanic people. Rios has spent her career in health policy and administration. She founded the National Network of Latin American Medical Students, and has held several government positions, including the coordinator of outreach for the White House’s National Health Care Reform Task Force.
Vivi Martinez-Bianchi, MD (Twitter: @vivimbmd)
Martinez-Bianchi is a family medicine physician and professor at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Originally born in Argentina, she moved to the U.S. to pursue her career in medicine. Martinez-Bianchi is focused on caring for underserved populations and addressing social determinants of health. She’s also interested in global health and educational equity.
Edith Bracho-Sanchez, MD (Instagram: doctora_edith)
Bracho-Sanchez is a Venezuelan immigrant and a pediatrician at Columbia University. She’s also a contributor to CNN and has appeared on ABC. Bracho-Sanchez hosts the podcast Las Doctoras Recomiendan, which helps Hispanic parents navigate medical information and recommendations for their children.
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