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Hispanic Serving Institution Program Mentors

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Our dedicated mentors are the backbone of our HSI Scholars Program. Students accepted into the program are awarded opportunities to engage in a virtual leadership and professional development series to enhance critical skills to position them for success beyond graduation. The early exposure to research labs and partnerships with professional mentors will help shape the next generation of Latino biomedical science and health care professionals.

Want to become a volunteer mentor? Email Mitzi Cardona for more information.

Current Mentors


Sylvia Rosas Associate Professor of Harvard Medical School Harvard University
Julia Mack Assistant Adjunct professor for the Cardiology UCLA Department of Medicine University of California, Los Angeles
Elizabeth Tarling
Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine Division of Cardiology
University of California, Los Angeles


Silvia Torices Del Val Postdoctoral Scholar Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology University of Miami: School of Medicine
Dahis Manzanares Tapia  Assistant Professor Biology Miami Dade College
Maria E. Monzon-Medina Assistant Professor of Chemistry School Pathways University of Miami: School of Medicine
Joel Fernandez MD, FACC Associate Professor of Medicine Morsani College of Medicine
Trinidad Arguelles
Associate Professor of Psychology
Miami Dade College


Laura Dada Research Associate Professor Northwestern University
Alexandra McQuattie Hanrahan Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellow Northwestern University
Luisa Mendoza   Northwestern University
Felix Nunez Senior Research Associate & Director of Imaging in the Department of Surgery, Thoracic Surgery Division Northwestern University

New Jersey

Mireya Vilar Compte Associate Professor, Public Health Montclair University
Jaclyn Catalano Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Montclair University
Carlos Molina Professor in the Department of Biology Montclair University
Stephanie Silvera Professor in the Department of Public Health Montclair University
Frederick Waldron, MD, DrPH, MS, FACEP Emergency Medicine Clara Maass Medical Center

New York

Johana Contreras, MD, MSc, FACC, FAHA, FASE, FHFSA Director of Ambulatory Heart Failure Network Mount Sinai Heart
Chiara Giannarelli, MD, PhD Associate Professor of Cardiology & Pathology New York University
Itsaso Garcia-Arcos, PhD Research Assistant Professor SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Puerto Rico

Rosalinda Aybar Batista Research Technician at the Institute of Sustainable Biology Inter American University of P.R.
Luz Silva Torres Acting Commissioner University of Puerto Rico
Gloribell Ortiz Rios Epidemiologist & Professor in the Department of Nursing University of Puerto Rico
Jorge Duconge
Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences Department
University of Puerto Rico: School of Pharmacy Medical Sciences Campus


Na Li Associate Professor Baylor College of Medicine
Cherly Brohord, PhD, RN, CNS-ONC, AOCN®, CHPCA® Associate Professor University of Houston
Micah Castillo Professor in the Department of Biology & Biochemistry University of Houston

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Current HSI Scholars

The Class of 2022-23 is paving their road to success.

A group of AHA's Hispanic Serving Institutions Scholars Program 2021 scholars

HSI Scholars Program Alumni

Making a difference and impacting the future of their communities.

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Quest Diagnostics Incorporated through the Quest Diagnostics Foundation provided the American Heart Association with financial and other support for the Hispanic Serving Institutions Scholars Program.