Elena Rios

Elena Rios, MD, MSPH

President and CEO, National Hispanic Medical Association



Dr. Rios serves as President & CEO of the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA), representing 50,000 Hispanic physicians in the United States. Dr. Rios also serves as President of NHMA’s National Hispanic Health Foundation to direct educational and research activities.

Prior to her current positions, Dr. Rios served as the Advisor for Regional and Minority Women’s Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health from November 1994 to October 1998. From 1998 to 2004, Dr. Rios served as Executive Director, Hispanic Serving Health Professions Schools.


Dr. Rios earned her BA in Human Biology/Public Administration at Stanford University in 1977. She received her MSPH at the UCLA School of Public Health in 1980, her MD at the UCLA School of Medicine in 1987, and completed her Internal Medicine residency at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose and the White Memorial Medical Center in East Los Angeles in 1990. Dr. Rios completed her NRSA Primary Care Research Fellowship at UCLA Division of General Internal Medicine in 1992.

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