Incoming CMA president Donaldo Hernandez, M.D., addresses HOD

October 22, 2022

California Medical Association (CMA) President-Elect Donaldo M. Hernandez MD, FACP, addressed the CMA House of Delegates today, telling the more than 500 physicians and other stakeholders in attendance that the principle principle that “equity = access” must be the compass that guides us forward.

“As we emerge from the quagmire that was the pandemic, I think it’s clear that we cannot go back to the system that existed before the world shut down,” says Dr Hernandez. “Business as usual has left too many people behind, left too many gaps and too many of us wondering, ‘Is this why I signed up?'”

Dr. Hernandez has long been a tenacious agent of change, and as president, his goal is to position the CMA at the forefront of change and innovation. At the close of this year’s House of Delegates, Dr. Hernandez — an internist and hospitalist from Santa Cruz — will take office as the CMA’s 154th president.

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“I believe that a vibrant and engaged community of physicians is the best path to a redesigned and integrated care delivery system, free from politics and vested interests,” said Dr. Hernandez. “A system focused on relationships – especially the fundamental relationship between patient and doctor – is the key to affordable and equitable care delivery. »

“Physicians are the only segment of the care delivery infrastructure that has taken a sacred oath to uphold a values-based construct as we care for our fellow human beings. Honoring this oath positions us to truly lead the necessary transformation of healthcare. The way forward must be physician-led and patient-centered. »

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Born in Southern California, Dr. Hernandez received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, his medical degree from the University of California, San Diego, and completed his residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in general internal medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California.

Dr. Hernandez is one of the oldest hospitalists in Santa Cruz County and is currently a shareholder of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, considered one of the highest quality hospital medicine programs in central and northern Florida. California.

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Dr. Hernandez has been a member of the CMA and the Santa Cruz County Medical Society since 2003. Prior to joining the CMA Executive Committee as president-elect, he served two terms as president of the Santa Cruz County Medical Society, then served on the CMA Board of Directors for 10 years, representing the geographically and ethnically diverse District 7 which includes Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Benito, Santa Clara and San Mateo. Since 2016, he has also served as chair of the CMA’s Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

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