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6% is not enough.



Did you know that only 6% of physicians are Latino or Latina in the United States, despite the country being made up of 19% Latino?  California has an even higher Latino population reaching 39% with further increases projected to 50% by the year 2050. There are significant health care barriers, inequalities, and poorer outcomes in the Latino/Hispanic population. Having Latinos better represented in medicine is necessary for our communities and for the future of medicine in the United States.


Help us create awareness of this crisis and the need for more Latino and Latina Doctors by helping us celebrate National Latino Physician Day (NLPD) across the country on October 1st!

Send this 2023 NLPD letter to your institution!
NLPD 2023 
Mission Statement
& Fact Sheet
NLPD 2023
Press Release


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  • Santa Clara County, California (Dr. Lee Anna Botkin, Dr. Judith Sanchez, Dr. Rachel Ruiz, Leilani Jones)

  • San Jose (Dr. Antonia Zazueta Charles)

  • Bell Gardens 9/11/2023 at 6pm (Dr. Mariela Garcia)

  • Jurupa Valley (Dr. Veronica Contreras)

  • Maywood, California (Dr. Mariela Garcia)

  • Pasadena, California (Dr. Connie Casillas)

  • Orange County, California (Dr. Jose Mayorga)

  • Irvine, California (Dr. Lourdes González Bahamonde)

  • Rockford, Illinois (Dr. Emma Olivera)

  • Chicago, Illinois (Dr. Emma Olivera)

  • Peoria, Illinois (Karina Favela)

  • Miami, Florida (Dr. Lorena Bonilla)

2023 Media

National Latino Physician Day: a crisis sparked the origin of a national day

California dealing with massive shortage of Latino doctors, study shows


Preocupante escasez de médicos latinos en hospitales de California


Castle Connolly Releases Castle Connolly Top Hispanic & Latino Doctors 2023


Pediatrician Emma Olivera named a 2023 Castle Connolly Top Hispanic & Latina Doctor


NYC Health + Hospitals Physicians Recognized by Castle Connolly as ‘2023 Top Hispanic & Latino Doctors’


Stories of the E.R.: A Journey of Latino Representation in Healthcare


2023 Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at Stanford Medicine


Univision 34: ¿Por qué se celebra el Día del Doctor Latino? Hay un mensaje de conciencia detrás de esta fecha


Physicians Practice: Why California needs more Latino/a physicians


Telemundo48: Buscan incentivar a jóvenes latinos para que sigan carrera universitaria de medicina


ABC7 News: Santa Clara Valley Healthcare doctors call for more Latine representation in industry


‘It’s More Than a DEI Issue’: Co-founders of National Latino Physician Day Discuss Meeting the Needs of a Diverse Population

We Are Iowa: 'Latino health issues are everyone's health issues': Latino doctors, medical students working to increase diversity in medicine


Congressman Dr. Ruiz and Congresswoman Dr. Caraveo Introduce Legislation to Designate October 1st as National Latino and Latina Physician Day


Reps. Caraveo, Ruiz Recognize Latino Physicians with New US House Resolution


H.Res.734 - Expressing support for the designation of October 1 as "National Latino and Latina Physician Day". 118th Congress (2023-2024)


Valley Children’s Healthcare: Celebrating Diversity in Healthcare: National Latino/a Physicians Day


CBCNews Philadelphia: Two professors in Wynnefield Heights hope to diversify the medical field ahead of National Latino Physician Day


Los Angeles County Medical Association: Addressing the Latino Physician Shortage Ahead of #NationalLatinoPhysicianDay

KCBS Radio: Santa Clara Valley healthcare takes initiative to diversify the field


13WREX: City of Rockford recognizes National Latino Physician Day


CMA president issues statement in anticipation of October 1 National Latino Physician Day


CMA celebrará el Día Nacional del Médico Latino el 1 de Octubre


13WREX: Stateline Latino physicians highlight underrepresentation in the workforce


Forward Valley: Legislators propose Latino Doctor’s Day | Forward Valley


University of Washington: The Huddle: Celebrating National Latino Physician Day


Explore the Space Podcast Episode 327 : Michael Galvez and Cesar Padilla on National Latino Physician Day


El Programa Que Mediante la Experiencia Busca Formar a Los Médicos Hispanos del Futuro


The Roundtable: A conversation with Des Moines Latino Doctors


California Society of Anesthesiology: Latino Physician Day - Panel Interview


WashU OBGYN celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month and National Latino Day


Health Disparities in the Latinx Community and a Medical Student Panel


Proponen Legisladores Día del Médico Latino


Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society - National Latino Physician Day


Plastic Surgeon Launches Campaign for National Latino Physician Day Amid Latino Doctor Shortages


Amplifying Latino/a Voices in Digital Health: Celebrating National Latino/a Physician Day


National Latino Physicians Day: A Group of Residents Raising Awareness About the Lack of Hispanic Doctors


Eisenhower Health: Celebrating National Latino/a Physician Day!


National Latine Physician Day at SCVMC


National Latino Physician Day Highlights Widespread Latinx Doctor Shortage


Bill Seeks to Increase Latino Physicians' Representation in the U.S.

Celebrating the Second Annual National Latino/a Physician’s Day!


KCRA3: Bringing Latino representation into medicine


We are Iowa: Local 5 News: Doctors, medical students talk health care equity on National Latino/Latina Physician Day


We are Iowa: Iowa Latinx doctors and medical students talk health care equity on National Latino/Latina Physician Day


Imperial Valley Press: Congressmembers, doctors Ruiz, Caraveo introduce legislation to designate October 1 National Latino and Latina Physician Day


UC Irvine: Dr. José Mayorga Reflects on National Latino Physicians Day


UW Medicine: Celebrating National Latino Physician Day


UCLA Univision Interview with Dr. Juan José Andino


UC Riverside: Uniendo Culturas: Desafíos y Soluciones en la Salud Latina


Telemundo48: Comunidad del Valle - Llamado urgente: Se necesitan más médicos que sean latinos, parte 1


Telemundo48: Comunidad del Valle - Llamado urgente: Se necesitan más médicos que sean latinos, parte 2


Why increasing the number of Latino physicians is so important for California


AAMC: Viewpoints: "6% is not enough" by Norma Poll-Hunter, PhD

Action Items

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NLPD was initiated by concerned Latina and Latino doctors worried about the future of medicine in the United States for our diverse patient populations.

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Action Items


  • Design and wear a T-shirt! Create awareness by creating a T-shirt for your organization and local community. More information to come on our website for available T-shirts.

  • Share information about NLPD! Share this document with your friends or colleagues that are Latino/a/x physicians or surgeons, allies, and share this with your hospital/group.    

  • Ask your organization to endorse NLPD. Ask your hospital, physician group or organization to join us by officially recognizing NLPD on October 1st. Organizations can endorse NLPD through a press release, donation, Grand Rounds dedicated to NLPD, sponsoring NLPD swag (shirts, etc.), and various other ways to promote the day. Let us know if your organization has officially endorsed NLPD and we will celebrate them by adding them to the official list.

  • Post on social media! Create awareness about the day! Post a selfie or photo of you and your friends/family! Post a video about why this date is important to you! Tag others that you think would be interested, please include us and we will also promote. Us the hashtags: #nationallatinophysicianday #nationallatinaphysicianday


  • Celebrate on October 1st! Celebrate by creating a local event/gathering, involve your local media outlets, create a news release about your event, involve marketing, and post on social media.

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We need this day to celebrate and to highlight the fact that we need more Latino doctors! Help us make a difference for our community.

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Michael G. Galvez, MD FACS

Cesar R. Padilla, MD

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