Academic Year 2016-2017


Gabriella Herrera

LMSA Position: Co-Chair

Hometown: Tracy, California

Undergraduate Institution: Harvard University

Undergraduate Major: Neurobiology; Ethnicity, Migration & Rights


About me: Hi there! I am honored to be LMSA Co-Chair. I am a Chicana from California but did my undergraduate studies here in Boston. I spent a gap year after graduating conducting research at Children's Hospital, Oakland. Although I have no decision on what medical specialty I would like to pursue, I am really interested in health disparities and the social determinants of health. I intend to pursue an MPH during my time here at HMS. In my free time I like to cook, bake, garden, and explore the city. I am a foodie and love coffee, so am big on trying new places, and bringing snacks to our LMSA meetings! Please feel free to reach out to me via email any time. We welcome anybody to visit our HMS LMSA familia!


Maltish Lorenzo

LMSA Position: Co-Chair

Hometown: Los Angeles, California

Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Undergraduate Major: Biochemistry & Organic Chemistry

HMS Email:    

About me: I am honored to be the LMSA 2016-2017 Co-Chair. I was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA and this is the first time that I have lived far away from home. I was a bit scared at first, but HMS has become my home away from home. The students and faculty have been incredibly supportive and I hope to provide the same support to future HMS students. As an undergraduate at UCLA, I was part of a combined BS/MS program, majoring in Biochemistry and Organic Chemistry. I am interested in organizations that will allow me to learn more about the health disparities affecting the Latino community and become involved in providing care to underserved populations. I am also interested in teaching and mentoring others, both of which I hope to incorporate in my future career. I hope to specialize in pediatrics as a subspecialty in oncology or surgery, and conduct translational research. Please feel free to reach out to any of us with any questions about HMS or LMSA. 


Carlos Torres

LMSA Position: Chief Financial Officer

Hometown: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Undergraduate Institution: MIT

Undergraduate Major: Biological Engineering

HMS Email:

About me: Currently interested in entrepreneurship and innovation in medical devices applied to surgical fields. Extracurricularly, as a former college rower, I enjoy rowing on the Charles. I also love eating out and trying out new restaurants with friends.


Blanca Morales  

LMSA Position: Outreach Committee  

Hometown: Santa Ana, California

Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Irvine

Undergraduate Major: Neurobiology

HMS Email:

About me: Hi! My name is Blanca and I look forward to meeting you.  I am originally from Mexico, but I grew up in Southern California. I attended Santa Ana Community College before transferring to UC Irvine.  After college I worked for several years in clinical research in urology studying functional outcomes of men undergoing robotic prostatectomy.  I also was part of Health Scholars and worked with Spanish-speaking patients in Weight Management and Diabetes Management Health classes.  I am enjoying my first year at HMS thus far, and will work towards outreaching to our local community and working with younger students to get them interested in medicine.  My interests in medicine are primary care and medical oncology. LMSA is providing me with so many friends and colleagues and we will be working hard to welcome future students to HMS!


Alma Onate

LMSA Position: Outreach Committee  

Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio

Undergraduate Institution: Northern Kentucky University

Undergraduate Major: Chemistry

HMS Email:

About me: I am very passionate about social justice and really hope to end up in a specialty that lets me work for social justice. I am particularly interested in some form of primary care. I am also interested in teaching and mentoring and hope to include them in my future career. Outside of medicine and the academic realm, I love spending time with my baby nephews, reading, and taking walks.


Lucy Suarez

LMSA Position: Internal Operations Chair

Hometown: Bethesda, Maryland 

Undergraduate Institution: Columbia University

Undergraduate Major: Neuroscience and Behavior, Philosophy

HMS Email:

About me: HOLA!!! Welcome to LMSA and HMS, and thanks for your interest! A little about myself: I was raised by a single (Ecuadorian!) mom, and grew up in the DC area. I come from a large Hispanic family (do we all have 50+ first cousins or is that just me?), and absolutely adore the warm, inviting, and accepting Latino culture. I've been very happy with how quickly I've been embraced by this warmth here at HMS, by both my LMSA family and the HMS family more broadly speaking. It is wonderful to share my passion to increase diversity and representation of students from groups under-represented in medicine (URM) here at HMS, whether this relates to their race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender identities, sexual orientation, or more. If this is something you care about, know that you will be among many classmates who are working to improve this; that is why we need you, and more importantly, this is why your patients need you!!

Besides my passion for increasing URM representation in medicine (and beyond medicine) and reducing health disparities, I also love working with teenagers. I mentored a teenager during my two gap years before coming to HMS, and it was really important for me to be able to provide additional academic and emotional support to an 8th grader who comes from difficult circumstances, including undocumented parents who do not speak English and work time-consuming manual labor jobs. I realize that the financial and emotional support I had growing up was an absolutely critical and determining factor in my success, and I hope to be able to pass that along as both a mentor and physician to adolescents. I have very strong interests in ob/gyn and sex education/health, as I find this area to be one of many where health disparities are extremely prominent. I wonder how I might incorporate health policy with this interest to expand access to care for adolescents and minority populations. Young women of color get left out of care far too often, and it is something I really want to help change.

Together, we can make a difference! Please feel free to reach out!! I love hearing from you guys.


Martin Ventoso

LMSA Position: Regional Delegate 

Hometown: Newark, New Jersey

Undergraduate Institution: The Johns Hopkins University

Undergraduate Major: Neuroscience

HMS Email:

About me: My interests include soccer, exploring Boston and the restaurant scene, reading medical literature. I love to travel and did so during my gap year, specifically to Southeast Asia and Japan. I would like to incorporate my interests in traveling with my medical training. I am interested in psychiatry and neurology at the moment as well as serving our underserved communities, and being able to use Medical Spanish. While a student at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, I worked with Health Leads at a clinic that predominantly served a large Latino immigrant population and was able to work with families and connect them to community resources. 


Ruben Monarrez

LMSA Position: Regional Delegate 

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

Undergraduate Institution

Undergraduate Major

HMS Email:

About me: My research focuses on antimicrobial resistance and antibiotic stewardship and spent two years at the MGH in Dr. David Hooper’s Laboratory studying it. My academic interests surround health policy and healthcare management—having spent some time working around these subjects after undergrad with a faculty member at the Warren Alpert Medical School. I am keeping an open mind regarding what I specialize in, but strongly considering Infectious Disease or Cardiology. My favorite thing about HMS so far have been the learning styles, the numerous lunch talks, my classmates and professors, and LMSA! In my spare time I like running, biking, reading, attending art exhibits, and hiking.



Dr. Saldana


Fidencio Saldana, MD, MPH

Faculty Advisor

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.