7 NEED TO KNOW: Latina Doctors Breaking Barriers In Medicine

7 NEED TO KNOW: Latina Doctors Breaking Barriers In Medicine

By Nancy Corrales

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Dr. Jane Delgado was born in Havana, Cuba and immigrated with her mother, father, and sister to Brooklyn, New York in 1955. In public school, Dr. Delgado overcame early difficulties with English to rise to the top of her class, she skipped 8th grade, graduated at the end of 11th grade, and enrolled at SUNY New Paltz.

Dr. Delgado went on to receive a M.A. in psychology from New York University in 1975, a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from SUNY Stony Brook in 1981 and an M.S. in Urban and Policy Sciences from Stony Brook's W. Averell Harriman School of Management and Policy.

Today, Dr. Delgado serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health. Dr. Delgado is an expert in the field of health advocacy. Previously, she held several research and advisory positions at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and played a key role in the development of a landmark study of minority health.

Dr. Delgado has been the Director of Adams Respiratory Therapeutics Inc. since April 19, 2007. She serves as a Trustee of the Kresge Foundation, Patient Safety Institute and Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute. She is an advisor to the American Academy of Family Physicians and to the March of Dimes.

1501 16th Street N.W.
Washington, DC, 20036
TWITTER: @janeonhealth

Dr. Katherine Flores was born into a family of migrant farmworkers in Fresno, California. Her mother died when she was an infant, and was raised by her grandparents, who immigrated from Mexico. She recalls working in the fields and orchards as a 4-year-old, picking plums with her family. Because of the inequality in care she observed as a child, Dr. Flores made an early decision to try to make a difference.

Dr. Flores is currently a faculty member at the University of California San Francisco-Fresno Medical Education Program. She serves as the project director of the California Health Education Training Center (HETC) and the Latino Center for Medical Education and Research (LaCMER) in Fresno. LaCMER addresses the persistent shortage and underrepresentation of Latino (particularly Mexican-American) physicians in the practice community and in the medical school faculty.

According to NIH.gov, Fresno County has a population of over 775,000 with more than 300,000 Latinos living there. There's about 1,500 physicians practicing in the county, but less than 150 are Latino. While the Mexican-American population of California is over 30%—even higher in the Fresno area—fewer than 1% of UCSF medical school faculty are Mexican-American.

4005 N Fresno St #104,
Fresno, CA 93726
Monday-Friday 8:30 AM- 5:30 PM
Saturday and Sunday Closed
(559) 222-9394

Dr. Catalina Esperanza Garcia grew-up in el Segundo Barrio, one of El Paso’s oldest and poorest neighborhoods. Dr. Garcia remembers always wanting to become a doctor. “In sports they tell you to imagine making the perfect shot, well for me the perfect shot was walking down the hospital corridor, dressed as a physician in a white coat with a stethoscope.” Explains Dr. Garcia at The University of Texas at El Paso.

Dr. Garcia obtained her bachelor’s degree in biology from Texas Western College, now UTEP, in 1961. In 1969, she had her heart set on becoming a doctor and was the second Latina to graduate from UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. She lived and worked there as an anesthesiologist for over 50 years while being actively involved in civic affairs, with a strong desire to help young Hispanic women succeed! 

In 2015, she established the Dr. Catalina E. Garcia Student Enhancement Endowment to support cultural immersion activities for students in the UTEP’s Medical Profession’s Institute (MPI).

7622 Royal Place
Dallas, TX, 75230
(214) 361-5680
TWITTER: @utepnews 

Dr. Ana Nogales immigrated to America in 1979 and earned her doctorate in psychology at the International University of San Diego. She is a clinical psychologist, founder of Nogales Psychological Counseling, Inc., and Casa de la Familia, which she established in the year 1996 for victims of trauma.

Dr. Nogales oversees a clinical staff of about thirty bicultural-bilingual mental health professionals and an outreach program for domestic violence and sexual assault delivering services in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.

Dr. Nogales is President of the Association for Latino Mental Health Awareness (ALMHA) in Los Angeles & Orange County, which is a community coalition of mental health providers, including hospitals, clinics, private, and non-profit organizations. She is on the Board of Directors of Las Comadres para las Americas, an international Latina women’s networking organization.

She has been a featured speaker at numerous workshops and conferences throughout the U.S., including the Women, Power and Peace Conference at the Omega Institute and the Women¹s Foundation, as well as at conferences in Mexico City, Guadalajara, and Buenos Aires.

3550 Wilshire Blvd #670
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 AM- 8 PM
Friday and Saturday 8 AM- 5 PM
Sunday Closed
(213) 384-7660
TWITTER: @AnaNogales

Dr. Elena Rios was born in Los Angeles, California in 1955. She was a highly motivated student from a very young age, receiving an Outstanding Teenager of America Award at 18 years old and a state scholarship for four years of college.

From the start of her career in medicine, Dr. Rios has worked to improve the recruitment and success rates of minority students in United States medical schools. After graduation, she turned her voluntary work with individual students into a large-scale national effort by co-founding the National Network of Latin American Medical Students.

Dr. Rios has held a series of appointments in California programs designed to improve educational and career opportunities for minorities in the health professions. In 1998, Dr. Rios was appointed president of the National Hispanic Medical Association. She was named one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics of the Nation by Hispanic Business Magazine in 2001 and received the American Public Health Association's Latino Caucus Distinguished Career Award that same year.

1360 W 6th St,
San Pedro, CA 90732
(310) 514-0838

Dr. Elsie M. Taveras is a Pediatrician and a childhood obesity researcher. Her main focus of research is understanding determinants of obesity in women and children and developing interventions across the life course to prevent obesity, especially in underserved populations. Dr. Taveras' work spans the spectrum of observational studies and interventions to identify and quantify risk factors to modify these risk factors for health promotion and disease prevention. 

Dr. Taveras has published over 100 research studies and served on Committees for the Institutes of Medicine to develop recommendations for prevention of obesity in early life and for evaluating the progress of national obesity prevention efforts. Her work has been cited by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as one of the most influential studies of 2010. She was cited in the White House Task Force Report on Childhood Obesity in May 2010.

Dr. Taveras, chief of General Pediatrics, was recently appointed as a professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. “I’m honored to be part of the rich tradition of education at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and to be a senior faculty member in my home department of Pediatrics at MassGeneral Hospital for Children,” she explains in an official announcement. Dr.Taveras is the first Latina to become a full pediatric professor at Harvard Medical School.

300 Longwood Ave 
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 509-9928
TWITTER: @elsiemt

Dr. Monica Verduzco-Gutierrez’s cares for outpatients and inpatients recovering from traumatic brain injury, stroke and neurotrauma. She is 1 of 11 doctors at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center who specializes in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. She speaks multiple languages, including Spanish. 

Dr. Verduzco-Gutierrez’s specializes in the management of patients with spasticity of cerebral or spinal origin and is able to assess, diagnose and treat interventionally if necessary. She also does neurotrauma consults at a level one trauma center. Her hospital affiliations include TIRR/Memorial Hermann and Memorial Hermann Hospital-Texas Medical Center. 

Dr. Verduzco-Gutierrez is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Association of Academic Physiatrists. Outside of work, she enjoys spending quality time with her family, exercising, and volunteering work for the community.

6431 Fannin St Ste G550A,
Houston, TX 77030
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 AM-5 PM
Saturday and Sunday Closed
(713) 500-5873