HRSA's Dr. Luis Padilla Recognized

Dr. Luis Padilla, HRSA Associate Administrator for the Bureau of Health Workforce

HRSA's Associate Administrator for the Bureau of Health Workforce since 2016 -- and Director of the National Health Service Corps -- Dr. Luis Padilla received the Hispanic Health Leadership Award on April 13 from the National Hispanic Medical Association during its 23rd annual conference at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City Hotel in Arlington, Va. 

A former NHSC Scholar himself, Dr. Padilla thanked the association for "(turning) my own life in a new direction" by affording him entry into its residency leadership program as an aspiring young doctor.

"Some 50 years ago, my mother came to the United States, leaving my sister and I in Guatemala," Padilla said. "Coming as many immigrants do, she wanted a better future for her family -- not only in which they would benefit, but in which they would contribute positively. Not only to survive, but to thrive. She wanted us to exceed our circumstances, to do more than what she was able to do, but do it with pride, hard work and conviction."

Dr. Luis Padilla, HRSA Associate Administrator for the Bureau of Health WorkforcePadilla went on to receive his Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and a Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of California at Irvine. He received his medical degree from the Wake Forest School of Medicine and completed his family medicine residency at Brown University. He honored his NHSC service commitment at Unity Health Care's Upper Cardozo Health Center in Washington, D.C., where he also served as medical director and senior health policy advisor to the CEO. He was a member of the National Advisory Council of the NHSC from 2007 to 2010.

"Helping others is a defining principle in my life and one that I’ve tried to focus on everyday with the challenges before us," he told the Crystal City audience. "That philosophy -- and that philosophy of leadership serving others -- is an important principle. It led me to a medical career (and) to a specialty in the underserved; it led me to the National Health Service Corps, and it ultimately led me to HRSA."

"Each day I am fortunate to work with talented, dedicated professionals, who are committed to the health care needs of rural and underserved communities across the country."

Date Last Reviewed:  May 2019