Two Faculty Members of the School of Medicine Recognized by National Hispanic Medical Association

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Mega Doctor News

By Amanda A. Taylor

Two UTRGV medical professors were honored by the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) during the 22nd annual NHMA Conference this month in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Francisco Fernandez
UTRGV Photo by David Pike

Dr. Francisco Fernandez, UTRGV professor of psychiatry, was appointed to the NHMA Board, and Dr. Michael Martinez, UTRGV clinical assistant professor in surgery, was named Young Physician of the Year.

The National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) was 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. The vision of the organization is to be the national leader to improve the health of Hispanic populations.

Dr. Michael Martinez,
UTRGV Photo by Paul Chouy

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, and medical students, and other public and private sector partners.

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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