Dr. Lisa C. Martinez Named ‘Hispanic Woman of Distinction’

Lisa C. Martinez, M.D., a medical education leader at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has been honored as a “Hispanic Woman of Distinction.” She was one of a dozen South Florida women to receive the recognition during the 15th anniversary celebration for Hispanic Women of Distinction, a Broward County nonprofit organization.

“Hispanic Women of Distinction does great things to support Latina women in our South Florida community, and it was an honor to be selected for this award,” said Martinez, who is assistant professor of clinical medicine and Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Holy Cross Hospital, a partnership with the Miller School.

The annual celebration was launched in 2001 by the late Erwin M. Vasquez, a Venezuelan-born cardiologist and philanthropist, as part of Hispanic Heritage Month. Through the years, Hispanic Women of Distinction has honored leading entrepreneurs, executives and professionals, while raising funds for Light of the World Clinic, which
provides free health care services by volunteer physicians to more than 12,000 people each year.

Prior medical campus honorees have included Roymi V. Membiela, Chief Experience Officer and Associate Vice President for Marketing and Communications for UHealth – the University of Miami Health System, and Amanda P. Gonzalez, Assistant Vice President for Marketing at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

“Both our Internal Medicine residents and students in our M.D./M.P.H. program play an active role at the Light of the World Clinic, where they also gain a greater sense of the resources needed to provide comprehensive care for the at-risk populations in our communities,” said Martinez.

The clinic provides culturally sensitive health care to children, adults and families who lack insurance or financial resources. Miller School students and residents also participate in community health fairs with Light of the World, providing screening and preventive care services.

The 2016 celebration also benefited Mujeres Latinas Impulsando, a Broward-based nonprofit that reaches out to newly arriving families, provides mentoring programs to students, and provides a series of seminars and gatherings assisting families with social services and access to health care services.

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