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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 Co-Directors:

 Executive Co-Director


John P. Sanchez, M.D.

Associate Dean, Diversity and Inclusion

Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine

Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

President, Building the Next Generation of Academic Physicians Inc.

 Executive Co-Director



Elizabeth Homan-Sandoval, M.D., M.P.H.

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at Essentia Health

Board certified in American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology in Psychiatry


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

Alexandra Alejos

University of Michigan

Jose Grajales-Reyes

Washington University School of Medicine

Northeast Co-Directors

Fernando Vazquez

Dartmouth School of Medicine

Adrianna Stanley

Dartmouth School of Medicine

Southeast Co-Directors

Lauren Silva

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

Marvin Valencia

Lincoln Memorial University

Southwest Co-Directors

Denisse Mendez-Romero

UT Southwestern Medical School

Sonia Parra

Baylor College of Medicine

West Co-Directors

Arielle Rubin

University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix

Adali Martinez

University of California - San Francisco


National Officers



Eric Molina

Baylor College of Medicine

Vice Chair of External Affairs

Lucas Warton

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Vice Chair of Internal Affairs


Maricruz Rivera

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Chief Information Officer (CIO)

Nicole Doria

George Washington University School of Medicine

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Cecil Benitez, PhD

Stanford University

Chief Development Officer (CDO)

Catherine Cepeda

Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

 Javier Santiago

Baylor College of Medicine

Vice President of Fundraising

Michael Martinez

 Stony Brook University School of Medicine

 Vice President of Mentorship

David Ortiz

University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley

 Vice President of Policy

Yaritzy Astudillo

New York Medical College

 Vice President of Public Relations

Nemat Sharaf

Cleveland Clinic - Lerner College of Medicine

National Conference Chairs

Roxana Navarro

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine


Victoria Fernandez

 University of Miami Miller School of Medicine


Publication Chair

Daniel Gomez

Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

Scholarship Chair

Christian Aquino

University of Texas Health Center - San Antonio

Service Chair

Rachel Bruckman

Rosalind Franklin University Medical School


Immediate Past President


Abner Antonio Murray

Case Western Reserve University



Ji-sun Shin

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

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