Celebrating Hispanic/Latino Heritage
We recognize MSHS faculty and leaders of Hispanic/Latino heritage who have made significant contributions within the health care field.
Cameron R. Hernandez, MD
Medical Director, Ambulatory Care, The Mount Sinai Hospital
As a physician of Mexican and Scottish descent, Dr. Hernandez views diversity and inclusion as the organization’s greatest strength. As part of the team spearheading the shift from an individualized approach to a multi-disciplinary team approach in caring for patients through the Mount Sinai Visiting Doctors Program and ambulatory care clinics, he strongly supports mentorship and creating opportunities for underrepresented populations – believing that diversity brings growth and enhances patient care.
Carlos A. Maceda, MBA
Vice President, Supply Chain, Mount Sinai Health System
Viewing had work, perseverance, and ambition as key drivers of success, Carlos Maceda believes strong organizations are made when everyone has a “seat at the table.” Born in Spain to Cuban parents and raised in the United States, his cultural background and experiences have given him the opportunity to remain open to different perspectives – an opportunity he reminds his employees to utilize when communicating with internal colleagues or external vendors that do business with the organization.
Ana M. Rodriguez, LCSW
Director of Community Relations and Volunteer Services, Mount Sinai Queens
A native of the Dominican Republic and a longstanding community organizer and advocate, Ana Rodriguez continuously works to ensure that individuals have access to accurate information and resources. As lead of the Mount Sinai Queens Site Diversity Council, she believes the Council “provides an opportunity to share with colleagues a common culture where uniqueness of beliefs, backgrounds, talents, capabilities and ways of living are welcomed and leveraged for informing better decisions for the patients we serve.”
Maritza I. Perez, MD
Director of Cosmetic Dermatology, Mount Sinai Roosevelt and Mount Sinai St. Luke’s
An author, professor, scientific advisor, consultant, media correspondent, and renowned speaker, Puerto Rico native Dr. Maritza Perez has been recognized as one of the best dermatologists in the world. Her expertise in the field of dermatology has led her to hold numerous leadership positions at Mount Sinai Health System institutions, while her heritage has enabled her to serve as a clinical expert on several media channels which cater to the Hispanic and Latino American population.
Cynthia Morales, MSN, RN
Nurse Education Manager, Mount Sinai Brooklyn
Ms. Morales, who is of Puerto Rican heritage along with European, African, Indian, and Filipino ancestry, views diversity and inclusion as valuing each individual’s differences and coming together to reach a common goal. As an educator, her multicultural background has enabled her to better relate to and connect with students and colleagues on providing culturally competent care – a notion which is especially relevant in healthcare, where understanding a patient’s beliefs often leads to better health outcomes.
Domingo C. Nunez, MD, FACS
Site Director, Department of Surgery, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s
Born in the Dominican Republic, raised in Harlem, and completing much of his medical training in Manhattan, Dr. Nunez believes that diversity creates an environment where individuals – especially patients – feel comfortable and valued. Given that at least half of the Mount Sinai St. Luke’s patient population is of Latin American descent, he feels that “a hospital should be representative of the community it serves,” and therefore, sees an advantage to his heritage in understanding the backgrounds of many patients that come to the hospital to receive care.
Zoe I. Rodriguez, MD, FACOG
Vice Chair of Operations, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Mount Sinai Beth Israel
Dr. Zoe Rodriguez’s experiences as a first-generation American of Cuban and Venezuelan descent have taught her the value of creating an inclusive environment for the talented clinicians and administrators whom she recruits and supports. For her, inclusion means “that everyone is both visible and valued” with “no superficial barriers to being seen and served properly by the System,” regardless of varying dimensions of diversity, including gender identity, whom an individual chooses to love, or the language which they speak, among others.
Joseph J. Rousso, MD, FACS
Plastic and Reconstructive Head and Neck Surgeon, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai
For Dr. Rousso, who spends most of his day communicating in Spanish, his Cuban and Spanish heritage provides him the cultural awareness to identify with and offer specialized care to patients and their families. His core belief that diverse representation in a health care system leads to better patient care allows him to appreciate the diversity of both the Mount Sinai Health System’s workforce and the patient mix in his own practice – with patients knowing they are being cared for by individuals who understand their culture.
Sponsored by the Office for Diversity and Inclusion.