LMSA FPAC Advisors & Consultants

LMSA FPAC National Advisors

The responsibilities of the LMSA National FPAC Advisors are as follows:

  • Counsel the LMSA National leadership on current trends and challenges in healthcare, with a particular focus on Hispanic and Latina/o/x patients & communities;
  • Develop and/or disseminate best practices in cultivating the personal and professional development of LMSA members;
  • Directly mentor at least one member of the LMSA National leadership team;
  • Raise capital for LMSA National to support its programming, as well as that of the entire FPAC;
  • Attend >75% of regular meetings of the LMSA National FPAC; and
  • Supervise and support LMSA Regional and Chapter Advisors by facilitating advisor evaluations and at least one FPAC Advisor Orientation & Training session each academic year.
John Paul Sánchez, MD, MPH

LMSA NATIONAL EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Dean of School of Medicine
Universidad Central del Caribe , School of Medicine (UCC-SoM)

exec.director@lmsa.net
Francisco Lucio, JD

LMSA NATIONAL DEPUTY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Associate Dean of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix

Institutional Profile

flucio@email.arizona.edu
Denise Martinez, MD

Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

Institutional Profile

Denise-Martinez@uiowa.edu
Sunny Nakae, PhD, MSW

Senior Associate Dean, Equity, Inclusion, Diversity and Community Partnerships
California University of Science and Medicine School of Medicine

Institutional Profile

nakaes@cusm.org
Hector Rasgado-Flores, PhD

Professor; Director of Diversity, Outreach and Success
Chicago Medical School, School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, College of Health Professions

Institutional Profile

hector.rasgado@rosalindfranklin.edu
Monica Vela, MD

Professor of Medicine
Director of the Hispanic Center of Excellence
University of Illinois College of Medicine

Institutional Profile

monicavelaw@gmail.com
Sonia Rivera-Martinez, MD

Associate Medical Director & Director at the New York Institute of Technology Community Free Clinic
Family Medicine Associate Professor
New York Institute of Technology

Institutional Profile

srmartin@nyit.edu

LMSA FPAC Previous National Advisors

Elizabeth Homan Sandoval, MD, MPH

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

elizabeth.homan@gmail.com
Pedro Mancias, MD

Adriana Blood Professor, Pediatrics
Assistant Dean of Diversity & Inclusion
McGovern Medical School

pedro.mancias@uth.tmc.edu
Orlando Sola, MD, MPH

Clinician at Chase Brexton Health Services, Baltimore, MD

osola2104@gmail.com

LMSA FPAC Regional Advisors

The responsibilities of the LMSA Regional FPAC Advisors are as follows:

  • Provide guidance and institutional memory to the student leadership of their respective LMSA region;
  • Promote frequent and harmonious communication and collaboration between LMSA regional leadership teams and that of LMSA National;
  • Serve as liaisons between Chapter Advisors, regional leadership, and National Advisors;
  • Attend >75% of regular meetings of the LMSA Regional FPAC; and
  • Encourage students to engage with LMSA at all levels of the organization.
Amanda Lynn Hernandez, MD, PhD

NORTHEAST REGIONAL ADVISOR

Physician, Department of Neuroimmunology, Neurology & Neuromuscular Disease at UConn Health

hernandezjones@uchc.edu

Institutional Profile
Lorena Del Pilar Bonilla, MD, MS, FACP

SOUTHEAST REGIONAL ADVISOR

Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Translational Medicine Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
at Florida International University
Internal Medicine Physician, Baptist Hospital Medical Group

bonill07@gmail.com 

Institutional Profile
Valerie Romero-Leggott, MD

SOUTHWEST REGIONAL ADVISOR

Vice President and Executive Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Officer
Professor of Family & Community Medicine
University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center
 
vromero@salud.unm.edu

Institutional Profile
Monica Verduzco-Gutierrez, MD

SOUTHWEST REGIONAL ADVISOR

Professor and Chair, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, UT Health San Antonio
 
gutierrezm19@uthscsa.edu

Institutional Profile
Margarita Loeza, MD, MPH

WEST REGIONAL ADVISOR

Assistant Dean, Student Affairs and Admissions
Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine
USC Keck School of Medicine

margaritaloeza@cdrewu.edu

Institutional Profile
Lisa Montes, MD

WEST REGIONAL ADVISOR

Instructor, Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine
SCPMG Partnered Pediatrician

lisa.m.montes@kp.org

Institutional Profile
Donald J. Portocarrero, DO

WEST REGIONAL ADVISOR

Physician, Interventional Gastroenterology at Gastrointestinal & Non-Surgical Weight Loss Solutions

djportocarrero@gmail.com

Institutional Profile
Peter Ureste, MD

WEST REGIONAL ADVISOR

Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the University of California,
San Francisco

peter.ureste@ucsf.edu

Institutional Profile
REGIONAL ADVISOR IMAGES & CONTACT INFORMATION COMING SOON!

LMSA FPAC Chapter Advisors

The responsibilities of the LMSA Local Chapter Advisors are as follows:

  • Support and mentor students within their respective LMSA Local Chapters;
  • Determine chapter members’ personal and professional interests in order to cultivate the next generation of leaders from underrepresented backgrounds in medicine;
  • Guide their chapter leadership to develop, implement, and evaluate an annual strategic plan that aligns with the mission, vision, and plan of LMSA National;
  • Discuss ongoing and emerging health issues facing the Hispanic and Latina/o/x communities in the United States, particularly in areas surrounding the Local Chapter;
  • Attend >75% of regular meetings of the LMSA Chapter FPAC; and
  • Promote engagement of chapter members with LMSA regional and National activities, including events and leadership opportunities at those levels.

Additional duties may be specified by the Executive Director, in conjunction with the LMSA National President, at any time.

You will find Chapter Advisor contact information in the LMSA FPAC Advisor & Alumni Directory here.

LMSA FPAC Advisor & Alumni Directory

You will find the LMSA FPAC Advisor & Alumni Directory here.

If you and/or your institution are not listed on this directory, of if you would like to update or add new information to the directory, please click here.

Please direct all FPAC inquiries to the Executive Director or National Center Coordinator.

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LMSA FPAC Nationals Consultants

LMSA FPAC National Center Fellow

Andrea C. Velez Figueroa, MD

NATIONAL CENTER RESEARCH FELLOW FOR LMSA LEADERSHIP AND ADVANCEMENT

Preliminary Intern, Department of Internal Medicine
University Hospital Dr. Ramón Ruiz Arnau (HURRA UCC-SoM)

andreacvelez@outlook.com

LMSA FPAC National Center Director

David E. Rivera-Aponte, PhD

NATIONAL CENTER DIRECTOR FOR LMSA LEADERSHIP AND ADVANCEMENT

Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry
Program Director of Research Training Initiative for Students Enhancement (RISE, NIH-NIGMS)
Universidad Central del Caribe, School of Medicine (UCC-SoM)

david.rivera@uccaribe.edu

Previous LMSA FPAC National Center Coordinators & Directors

Christian Ojeda, BS


MPH Candidate, University of New Mexico College of Population Health
Health & Health Sciences, Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, University of New Mexico

Professional Profile

CmOjeda@salud.unm.edu
Deion L. Ellis, MD, MMS

Resident, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation,
University of Colorado School of Medicine Anschutz Medical Campus
Donald Rodriguez

MD/PhD Candidate, The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Louis Francisco Morales-Shnaider, MSc, BS, OSC

FPAC Structure