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Advisory Council

Advisory Council Members: Monica Vela MD, JP Sanchez MD, Ruben Font, Jr MD, Elizabeth Homan-Sandoval MD, Daniel Turner-Lloveras MD, Victor Cueto MD, Emma Olivera MD, Orlando Sola MD, Alvaro Galvis MD PhD

NHMA Liaisons:

Vanessa Salcedo, MD

Minerva Romero, MD
NHMA Council of Young Physicians

NHMA Council of Residents


LMSA Executive Director:  Elizabeth Homan-Sandoval, MD

The first LMSA Mentor of the year award was given to Dr. Philip De Chavez.  Dr. De Chavez was our Executive Director for many years until his passing.  He was a great mentor for the organization and the force that helped the national-core from year to year.  The Mentor of the Year award is named in his honor.  It was a privilege to have worked with him.  We all miss him very much and will strive to make the organization better to serve others.

National Board Members


Midwest Co-Directors

Grace Keeney
University of Michigan

Valeria Valbuena
University of Illinois – Chicago

Northeast Co-Directors

Seva Khambadkone
Johns Hopkins University

Jeans Santana
SUNY Downstate
Southeast Co-Directors

Madeline Maria Fernanda Perry
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine

Marvin Valencia

Lincoln Memorial University

Southwest Co-Directors

Melissa Montoya
UNT Health Science Center

Javier Santiago
Baylor College of Medicine

West Co- Directors

Bert Pineda

Jorge Torres
Western University


National Officers



Eric Molina

Baylor College of Medicine

Vice Chair of External Affairs

Franklyn Rocha-Cabrero

University of Illinois - Rockford

Vice Chair of Internal Affairs


Robert Trevino, PhD

Rush University

Chief Information Officer (CIO)

Nicole Doria

George Washington University

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Amanda Benavides, PhD

University of Iowa

Chief Development Officer (CDO)

Catherine Cepeda

Rutgers New Jersey Medical School


Maricruz Rivera, PhD

Case Western Reserve University

Vice President of Fundrasing

Ruben Mora-Roman Jr.

Western University

 Vice President of Mentorship

Paloma Marin-Nevarez

Stanford University

 Vice President of Policy

Tania Marin Saquicela

University of Illinois -Chicago

 Vice President of Public Relations

Paloma Reinoso

University of Wisconsin

National Conference Chairs

Jamil Alexis

Hofstra University

Brittany Guttadauria

Hofstra University

Publication Chair

Daniel Gomez
Ohio University

Scholarship Chair

Cecil Benitez, PhD

Stanford University

Service Chair

Brian Contreras

University of Illinois - Peoria

Kathleen Contreras

Michigan State University

Immediate Past President


Abner Antonio Murray

Case Western Reserve University

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