Latinos are one of the fastest growing ethnic groups in the United States, according to a study from UCLA's Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture. Their numbers having risen more than 200 percent since 1980. Unfortunately, the number Latino physicians declined by more than 20 percent during that same period. Hispanics are the least likely racial or ethnic group to seek medical care, according to a Census Bureau report. Language and cultural barriers are to blame, say many experts. Many Latino patients fear confusion and misunderstanding in their encounters with non-Latino medical professionals. Here are ten Latino physicians who have tried to buck those trends.
Dr. Alfredo Quinories-Hinojosa
Dr. Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, commonly known os Dr. Q, received his medical degree from Harvard University and completed his residency in neurosurgery at the University of California, San Francisco, where he also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in developmental and stem cell biology. His career began at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he became a Professor of Neurosurgery and Oncology, Neurology, and Cellular and Molecular Medicine and Director of the Brain Tumor Stem Cell Laboratory. Nowadays, he is the "William J. and Charles H. Mayo Professor" and Chair of Neurologic Surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. Dr. Quinones is known internationally as a neurosurgeon and neuroscientist who leads NIH-funded research to cure brain cancer.
Dr. Guillermo Garcia-Manero
Dr. Garcia-Manero was born in Spain and received his medical degree at the University of Zaragoza in Spain. After completing his studies there and a research training period at the Royal Free Hospital in London, he completed a residency in internal medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. Subsequently, he completed a fellowship in Hematology and Medical Oncology at the Kimmel Cancer Center also at Jefferson Medical College. After his training, he moved to the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He currently serves as the McCreedie Professor of Leukemia Research, Chief of the Section of MDS, and Deputy Chair for Translational Research in the Department of Leukemia at MD Anderson Cancer Center where he leads on the largest MDS research programs in the world. He has published over 550 research manuscripts and has received multiple awards acknowledging his work.
Dr. Catalina Esperanza Garcia