Sumaya named influential Hispanic leaders

January 19, 2010
Ciro V. Sumaya, M.D., M.P.H.T.M.

Ciro V. Sumaya, M.D., M.P.H.T.M.

(COLLEGE STATION, TX) — Ciro V. Sumaya, M.D., M.P.H.T.M., professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health, has been named by Latino Leaders magazine as one of the 101 Most Influential Leaders nationwide in the Hispanic community.

“His record in helping Latinos overcome poor social and health conditions is second to none,” stated the magazine’s editors. “If he continues to serve the Latino community in the same way, he will become a true icon legend of the medical field.”

Dr. Sumaya is the founding dean (1997-2008) of the School of Rural Public Health. He currently serves as chairman of the National Hispanic Medical Association, member of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunizations Practices, and the board of directors of Ascension Health health care system. Previously, he was a Presidential appointee at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, first serving as the administrator of the Health Resources and Service Administration and later as deputy assistant secretary of health. He also is a distinguished alumnus at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

“I am humbled by this distinction and thank the very many individuals that had a meaningful influence on my course in life,” Dr. Sumaya said.

— Rae Lynn Mitchell