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Carlos R. Ortiz, MD, Senior Vice President of Medical Services for Thompson Health and Medical Director for F. F. Thompson Hospital, received the 2010 Hispanic Health Leadership Award from the National Hispanic Medical Association on March 27 in Washington, D.C.

The award is presented annually to outstanding individuals in public service who have played significant leadership roles in impacting the health of Hispanics and the underserved. Dr. Constantino Fernandez, Rochester’s representative to NHMA Council of Medical Societies, recommended Dr. Ortiz for the award for his work in the Latino Rochester community, which includes membership in the Rochester Latino Health Coalition, directing courses and presenting at several Latino healthcare symposiums, coordinating an asthma program and many other contributions.

A Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and immediate past Chairman of ACCP Cultural Diversity Network, Dr. Ortiz was named Thompson’s Medical Director in 2006 and previously worked clinically in Highland Hospital’s Pulmonary and Critical Care Unit and the Mary M. Parkes Asthma Center, serving as Co-Medical Director from 2000-2004. A graduate of the University of Puerto Rico and University of Puerto Rico Medical School, the Canandaigua resident serves on the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency Board of Directors as well as the Rochester Health Foundation and is well published.

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