Immediate Past President SILAMP Associate Professor and Chief General Obstetrics for LK Temple School of Medicine and Temple University Hospital. Dr. Diaz Quinones was born in Venezuela and emigrated early in life to the Dominican Republic. He received his medical degree from the Instituto Tecnologico de Santo Domingo. After completing medical school, he moved to Philadelphia to accomplish his dream of becoming an OBGYN at Temple University Hospital. He was soon recruited at Temple as part of the faculty. Currently he is the Chief of the General Obstetrics and Gynecology. He specializes in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery with special interest in robotic surgery. As a reflection for his passion for teaching has been recognized with various teaching awards. Because of providing excellent clinical care, he received recognition by his colleagues as a Top physician of Philadelphia on Castle Connolly and the Philadelphia Magazine. Acknowledging the complexity of the landscape of today’s health care system and the importance place on safety and quality he completed an Executive MBA program through the Fox School of Business. He is a Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and a board certified OBGYN. Dr. Diaz Quinones' ambitions are to empower women to take charge of their health, and continue to develop his career as a health care administrator. Dr. Diaz Quinones enjoys running, playing squash and spending time with family and friends.
Natalia Ortiz MD, DFAPA, FAPM, FPCP.
Past President of SILAMP President of PCMS Chief and Professor of Psychiatry Medical Director of Psychosomatic Medicine services and Professor of Psychiatry for Temple University Hospital and Lewis Katz Temple School of Medicine. She is a board member for Philadelphia Medical Society, a Delegate to the House for Pennsylvania Medical Society and is a member of the committee on Diversity and Inclusion for the Pennsylvania Medical Society Pennsylvania Commission of Latino Affairs. https://www.governor.pa.gov/pennsylvania-commission-latino-american-affairs/#Natalia-Ortiz
Dr. Ricardo Morgenstern MD, FRCPE, FACG, FCPP.
Vice President of SILAMP Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Vice President SILAMP. Dr. Morgenstern is Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Advanced Endoscopy at Perelman School of Medicine, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and Radnor; Veterans Administration. He received his medical degree from Universidad Mayor de San Simon School of Medicine in Bolivia, specialized in the Royal Infirmary and Western General Hospital, University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He has been in practice for more than 20 years. Has worked at Drexel University an Hahnemann Hospital until its closure.
Jahaira López-Pastrana MD
Chair of SILAMP Wellnesness Committee Board Certified Psychiatrist Assistenat Professor and Chief Cl Psychiatry at Jeanes Campus, LKTemple School of Medicine and TUSM
Víctor Iturbides MD
SILAMP Public health Commitee Internal Medicine Physician, Capital Health NHMA Liaison President HAMA
Michael Castagna RN, MS E.d.
Special Needs Pediatric School Nursing. Board member of NAHN. Mr. Castagna has worked with Philadelphia Area Children for over 20 years as an Educator and a School Nurse. Michael has earned a Master’s in Education at the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA at St. Joseph’s University, and he currently working on an Advanced Degree as a Nurse Practitioner. He has spent many years helping inner city children as a Creative Educator, and he is a passionate Educational Reformer. Mr. Castagna has a firm interest in local Community Healthcare. He is also an active member in the National Hispanic Nurses Association (NAHN) where he is the Committee Chairman for their Mentoring Program. Lastly, he is a member of the Society of Ibero-Latin American Medical Professionals (SILAMP) where he serves on the Advisory Board.
Cesar Fabiani, MD, LDFAPA
Founding member of SILAMP Founder of the Dr Carlos Finlay Conference
Diana Larisgoitia, PhD, LPC
Past President of SILAMP Doctor in Psychology Dr. Diana Larisgoitia comes from Buenos Aires, Argentina where she was born, educated and grew up in the midst of a professional family. She is the oldest of three brothers and since childhood wanted to become an early childhood teacher and a clinical psychologist. After graduating as an early education teacher at the “Sarah Eccleston” Teacher Training Institute she worked in that capacity and studied clinical psychology at the University of Buenos Aires. She came to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1983 to work as a clinician and to study for her PhD program in Special Education at Temple University. She continued her studies at the Harvard School of Education in Human Development and at Drexel University in Family Therapy. Dr. Diana obtained her license as a professional counselor for the State of Pennsylvania in the year 2013 and opened her private practice: Buenos Aires Counseling Center shortly after where she provides services for children, adolescents and adult both in English and Spanish languages. In her free time, Dr. Diana enjoys doing craft work, knitting and sewing quilts that she displayed in several institutions and art galleries.
Manuel Cordero, DDS, CPH, MAGD
Past President of SILAMP and Scholarship Founder Dr. Cordero has been involved with the AGD since 1987 and has served the New Jersey AGD (NJAGD) as Membership chair, receiving awards for his efforts two years in a row. He then became the constituent’s public information officer, working to create new programs and to support the constituent’s award-winning public relations efforts. He served the NJAGD while also working for AGD as the first Hispanic spokesperson and as an original contributor of Smileline since its inception. He started AGD’s multilingual distribution of Dental Notes and contributed to the Spanish and French translations of other in-office support material for dentists in the US and Canada. His efforts increased the AGD’s outreach to other populations. Collaborating with other organizations to advance the work of general dentists, Dr. Cordero has been a member of the ADA since he joined the AGD. He is past president of the Richard V Tucker Study Club Academy, past regent of the Academy of Dentistry International, and Councilor of the Academy of Operative Dentistry. He has served as an Hispanic Dental Association trustee and continues to be a mentor and consultant to its leadership. Stepping outside solely dental organizations, Dr. Cordero has also been recognized by two medical societies for his contributions depicting how oral health impacts systemic health. He has served as president of the Society of Ibero Latin Medical Professionals and received a Distinguished Award from the Hispanic American Medical Association. Eager to share his enthusiasm for learning, Dr. Cordero has lectured on restorative dentistry, materials and gold casting techniques internationally and in the US. He has presented to the new dentists of the World Organization during the FDI Congress in Poland and Spain during the past two years. Tirelessly seeking to better himself so that he can better serve his fellow man, he has earned AGD Fellowship and Mastership status. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Dentistry International and became a Fellow of the American College of Dentists in 2005. In 1998, Dr. Cordero became a Fellow of the American Board of Forensic Dentistry. He is a member of the Academy of Operative Dentistry and past president of the Academy of R.V. Tucker Study Clubs (2013) and was named one of 29 mentors of this exclusive academy. Prior to attending and graduating from Temple University School of Dentistry, Dr. Cordero earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish Literature, with a minor in Fine Arts, while also earning a degree in Secondary Education from Bryn Mawr College. Dr. Cordero was blessed to have found a true partner in life and has been married to his wife Harriet for 43 years. They have four children, three of whom followed his passion into dentistry. His eldest, Maria is the Director of Pediatric Dentistry at Temple University while Rebecca is a faculty member at Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry. David has joined his father’s practice and will begin working for the Veterans Administration in Philadelphia at the start of the new year. Laura is a Public Policy consultant for Deloitte, taking after her mother in a field of management.
Erik Juarez, MD.
Treasurer of SILAMP Clinical Director Behavioral Health
Curtis Miyamoto, MD
Radiation Oncology Global Medicine Dr. Curtis Miyamoto is the Associate Director for Clinical Services, Fox Chase Cancer Center at Temple University Hospital Professor and Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology, Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University Professor, Fox Chase Cancer Center Brain Cancer TRDG Member His Specialties: Breast Cancer; Colorectal Cancer; Esophageal Cancer; Liver, Gall Bladder & Bile Duct Cancer; Lung Cancer; Neuroendocrine Tumors; Pancreatic Cancer; Prostate Cancer; Stomach Cancer Treatment Focus General External Beam Radiation 3-D Conformal Radiotherapy Stereotactic Radiosurgery and Radiotherapy Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) Gamma Knife treatments Research Program Molecular Therapeutics. Key Awards: Philadelphia magazine Top Doctors, 2016