Celebrating Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month!
Hola, Estamos muy contentos de celebrar el Mes de la Herencia Hispana! We are thankful for the contributions of Hispanic and Latino American PAs.
Below are some inspiring stories from our Oral History Interview Collection and Biology Collection to inspire and help celebrate Hispanic and Latinx Month.
Oral History Interviews:
Ilaria Gadalla, DMSc, PA-C, shares the story of how decided to switch careers from a respiratory therapist to PA, her volunteer work, her journey to become a PA educator, and her advice to PA students. (Photo to right)
Ron Garcia-Herrera, PA, talks about what drew him to the physician assistant profession and his part in the development of the PAs for Latino Health Caucus.
Ben Olmedo, MMSc, PA-C, shares how he learned about PAs while he was in the Army and about his work with the Indian Health Service.
R. Scott Chavez was a president of the AAPA. His significant and long-time contributions to the PA profession and correctional health care have earned him wide recognition as one of the key health care professionals in the nation dedicated to improving health care delivery. (Photo to right)
Christopher Cordova joined the Army in 1996 as a Medical Specialist. His enlisted career spanned 10 years, and culminated in the rank of Sergeant First Class. His leadership was recognized by induction into the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club.
Epifanio Elizondo was a U.S. Assistant Surgeon General in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service. He served as the Regional Health Administrator for Region VI (TX, NM, OK, AR, and LA) and reported to the Assistant Secretary for Health. As the Regional Health Administrator. He oversaw four regional programs related to Women’s Health, Minority Health, Family Planning and HIV/AIDS.
Benjamin Olmedo is a Class of 2011 alumni of the Yale School of Medicine Physician Associate Program. After his career in the Army, he joined the Public Health Service and the Indian Health Service.
Erasmo Riojas is a seasoned veteran of both the Korean and Vietnam War. After his service in the Army, he enlisted in PA school.
Louis Rocco was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor by President Gerald Ford on December 12, 1974. He was a graduate of the first class of the US Army’s Academy of Health Sciences at Fort Sam Houston.
Robert Smith was born in Mexico. He is a co-founder of the PAs for Latino Health Caucus and has been instrumental in achieving PA practice legislation for Puerto Rico.
Bill Soliz enlisted in the Army as a Combat Medic in the 1980s. He graduated from the Army’s PA Training Program. In 2006, he was recruited and selected to serve as the PA to the President of the United States.
Richard Villarreal enlisted in the Army in 1982. He graduated from the Army Physician Assistant Program in 1993.