Four Hispanic doctors from the greater Washington, D.C., area were honored recently for their contributions to the community.
The Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce recognized the medical professionals during its 38th annual gala Friday at the Marriott Marquis that was attended by more than 500 people. The doctors are in academia, cooperative medicine, government and nonprofit sectors.
--Academia: Fernando Pagan, medical director of the National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence and professor of Neurology at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.
--Government: Hortencia M. Hornbeak, associate director scientific review and policy at the National Institutes of health and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
--Nonprofit: Clayton Lawrence, chairman of the board and founder of the LEAP Foundation.
--Cooperative Medicine: Carlos Picone, associate at Chevy Chase Pulmonary Associates.
"We have seen firsthand the important role of doctors in our lives and their desire to enrich the health and well-being of our community," said Angela Franco, GWHCC president and CEO, in a press release. "It is with great honor that we recognized their incredible work at this event."
Mario Acosta-Velez, chair of the GWHCC Board of Directors and Verizon's director of state government affairs, said the night was also about helping Hispanic-owned businesses and promoting a business-friendly environment.
"This year, we honored outstanding Hispanic doctors whose accomplishments and contributions serve as an inspiration to business leaders and our younger Hispanic generation," Mr. Acosta-Velez said.
The GWHCC is a membership-driven organization founded in 1976 to support the economic development of Hispanic and minority-owned businesses in the greater Washington metropolitan area.
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