Executive Board

Academic Year 2014-2015

Co-Chair: Dalia Larios

Dalia Larios is a first-year student in the New Pathway program. She graduated in 2012 from Arizona State University where she majored in Biological Sciences (Genetics, Cell and Developmental Biology). At ASU she conducted research at the Biodesign Institute within the Center for Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology and began exploring the various dimensions of human health through community involvement. After graduation, she continued exploring clinical medicine as a medical interpreter in different underserved settings and through her work as clinical lab scientist. Dalia is very interested in primary care and is very excited to learn from the diverse Boston community. In medical school, she enjoys working with the Crimson Care Collaborative Chelsea Clinic, the Multicultural Fellows Committee, and exploring Boston during her free time.

Administrative Chair: Laurel Fuentes

My name is Laurel and I am pursuing a DMD/PhD at Harvard. After graduating Stanford in 2013, I worked for a year at the UCLA Dental Research Institute performing clinical research trials on salivary diagnostics. Currently, I am interested in pursuing my graduate research in craniofacial development. In Boston, I enjoy exploring the city, trying new restaurants and playing sports.

Administrative Chair: Diego Lopez

Diego is a medical student in the New Pathway program who grew up in Puerto Rico. He graduated from Harvard College in 2013, with a concentration in Molecular & Cellular Biology. During college, he was involved in immunology research, an interest he continued to develop during his gap year at NIH. He is still exploring his academic interest while in medical school. He enjoys working with LMSA, working with Crimson Care Collaborative, playing soccer (terribly) and exploring Boston’s awesome food.

Chief Financial Officer: Danny Vazquez

Danny is a first-year medical student in the New Pathway program. He graduated from the University of Arizona in 2013 where he studied physiology. Originally interested in dentistry, Danny became interested in medicine late in his undergraduate studies when he was diagnosed with a chronic illness and was exposed to the medicine from the patient perspective. He is now very passionate about health care disparities and access to care, things that he has personally struggled with, with the hope of learning how to tackle these issues from large scale policy or systems perspectives. He volunteers actively with the Crimson Care Collaborative, and spends most of his free time either exercising or with the Harvard Ballroom Dance Team preparing for ballroom dance competitions.

Communications Chair: Pedro Vera

¡Hola! My name is Pedro Vera, and I am a first-year student in the New Pathway program. I grew up in Mexico before I transplanted to Texas. I went to Harvard College for undergraduate studies before I became a teacher in Texas. I am an advocate for the underserved whether it is closing the gap in access to healthcare or closing the gap in match and science education. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions. I would love to hear from you.

Community Service Chair: Emmanuel Carrodeguas

Emmanuel is a first year medical student in the New Pathway program. He was born and raised in Puerto Rico and holds close ties with the island that he still calls home. He graduated from MIT with a degree in Biological Engineering and throughout college found his passion for medicine through his research involvement and volunteering experiences. He is still passionate about engineering, and hopes to work to advance medicine through the implementation of innovative technologies. Currently, he is involved with the Student Council, the Crimson Care Collaborative, HPREP and the LMSA.

External Relations Chair: Tamara Rodriguez Reichberg

Tamara Rodriguez Reichberg is a first-year student in the New Pathway (NP) program. She was born and raised in Sleepy Hollow, NY, to parents who emigrated from Santiago, Chile. She graduated Harvard College in 2004 and received an M.A. in Human Rights Studies from Columbia University in 2007. Before medical school, she worked as a human rights advocate, a documentary photographer, and a pastry chef. She has lived and worked in various countries, particularly in Latin America. As a future physician, Tamara hopes to work in prison health care and contribute to research on health disparities in incarcerated populations. In medical school, she is part of LMSA, Crimson Care Collaborative Nashua Street Jail, and the Multicultural Fellows Committee.  

Pipeline Co-Chair: Catherine Gutierrez

Catherine Gutierrez is a first-year medical student in the New Pathway track at Harvard Medical School. She was born and raised in Queens, NY and later moved to Orlando, FL where she studied Biotechnology and Molecular Biology and Microbiology at the University of Central Florida. Prior to medical school Catherine was deeply invested in public health projects oriented around health care within under-served communities, and is passionate about targeting disease and treatment methods surrounding children. In the past she has worked with children living with HIV, cancer, neurological disorders and biliary atresia and will continue to participate in programs structured around educating communities regarding HIV/AIDS and prevention of disease. In her free time, Catherine enjoys singing for the a cappella group at HMS, reading and writing, and escaping to East Boston for delicious Colombian food. 

Social Chair: Mary Morales

Mary Morales is a first-year medical student in the New Pathway (NP) program. She graduated from Rice University with a degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Class of 2014. She was born and raised in San Antonio, TX. As a daughter of Salvadoran immigrants, she was the first of her siblings to be born in the US. Her research interests center on healthcare disparities, especially those related to minority and immigrant health. At HMS she enjoys volunteering at the MGH-Chelsea clinic as part of the Crimson Care Collaborative, being actively involved with LMSA, and exploring different medical specialties.

Webmaster: Claudio Macias Trevino

Claudio is a first-year medical student in the Health Sciences and Technology (HST) program. He is originally from Mexico City, where he moved to San Antonio, TX and studied Biology and Mathematics at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). Throughout his undergraduate experience, he participated in several research projects involving biomaterials, tissue engineering, and drug delivery. Claudio has also been involved in tutoring/teaching and mentoring students, and is passionate about translating research from bench to bedside. In his free time, Claudio enjoys playing electric and flamenco guitar, and volunteering for teaching opportunities.

Faculty Advisor: Fidencio Saldana, MD, MPH

Dr. Saldana is a clinical cardiologist at the Brigham and Women’s and Faulkner Hospitals specializing in cardiovascular imaging and is an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He currently serves as the Assistant Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and is Faculty Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, Office of Multicultural Affairs at Harvard Medical School. He is a committed and award winning educator and strives to reach out to the underserved. His goal is to continue to mentor, teach, and be an advocate regarding issues in minority health. Dr. Saldana completed his medical degree at Harvard Medical School in 2001. He earned his Masters in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2005. He completed his internal medicine residency, chief residency, and cardiology fellowship at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is originally from Los Angles, California, and resides in Boston with his wife and three children.