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Advisory Board

The Hispanic Center of Excellence's main objective is to increase its recruitment, training, and retention of junior and minority faculty through formal and informal faculty development activities, mentoring, and financial assistance. An ultimate goal of the HCOE is to increase promotion and tenure among Hispanic faculty.

Advisory Board

Rebeca Wong, Ph.D.

Chair: Rebeca Wong, Ph.D.,
P. & S. Kempner Distinguished
Professor in Health Disparities
Director, WHO/PAHO Collaborating Center
on Aging and Health
Senior Fellow, Sealy Center
on Aging

Alfredo G. Torres, Ph.D.

Alfredo G. Torres, Ph.D.
Professor, Departments of Microbiology & Immunology and Pathology
Scientist, Sealy Center for
Vaccine Development
Co-Director, UTMB BSL-3 Laboratories

Tasnee Chonmaitree, M.D.

Tasnee Chonmaitree, M.D. Former Chair
Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Pathology
Distinguished Teaching Professor, The UT system
Co-Director, Translational Research Scholars Program
Associate Director, Research Education, Training, and Career Development Key Resource,
Institute for Translational Sciences

Kyriakos S. Markides, Ph.D.

Kyriakos S. Markides, Ph.D.
Professor and Director
Annie and John Gnitzinger
Professor of Aging Studies
Editor, Journal of Aging and Health

Emilio Gonzalez, MD, FACP, FACR

Emilio Gonzalez, MD, FACP, FACR
Director and Chief
Division of Rheumatology
Department of Internal Medicine

Former M.D. Fellows 2011 - 2013

Liliana Andrade, M.D.

Liliana Andrade, M.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Family and Community Medicine
Geriatric Fellowship Director
Texas Tech Health Sciences Center School of Medicine at Permian Basin


Ana Rodriguez, MD

Ana Rodriguez, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

The University of Texas Medical Branch has a proud tradition of excellence in teaching, scholarly research, curricular innovation and in meeting the healthcare needs of the State of Texas. As director of the Hispanic Center of Excellence, my primary objective is to provide faculty and students with future opportunities in career advancement, research, clinical practice, mentorship, counseling, and pre-medical academic enrichment programs to promising students. The HCOE's history in UTMB dates back to 1992, through federal funding by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration.