(COLLEGE STATION, TX) โ€” Ciro V. Sumaya, M.D., M.P.H.T.M., professor and holder of the Cox Endowed Chair in Medicine at the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health, recently was selected by Hispanic Business Magazine as one of the Top 100 influential Hispanics nationwide for 2008.

Dr. Sumaya was founding dean of the HSC-School of Rural Public Health and served in this capacity for 10 years, during which time the school was ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a Top 25 School of Public Health. Prior to the school, he was a presidential appointee at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Dr. Sumaya first served as administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration, a federal focal point for innovation in health care delivery and health professions education. He subsequently worked as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, spearheading the federal initiative on the Future of Academic Health Centers.

Dr. Sumaya currently serves on the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the principal recommending governmental body for vaccines administered to the American public. In February, he was appointed chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Hispanic Medical Association, which represents 36,000 licensed Hispanic physicians.

— Rae Lynn Mitchell