There is no question that we are a product of the events that mold our lives; the past, the present, and the future. A person aware of history cannot evade the crushing and continuous movements of the tectonic forces of the ancient past that in themselves create a new world. In my writings I have described my inner self, my inner thoughts, and my turmoil, risking the embarrassment of opening my soul to either the pity or anger of my readers. Nevertheless, the message I want to convey is that we are one people and one planet, and we must try to arrange our future according to the lessons of the past and try to mend the wrongs of one culture or one nation against others. It is not too late; it will never be too late.
VOLUNTEER MEDICAL MISSIONS ABROAD
2006-2010 Multiple Missions to Peru with Chula Vista Rotary of San Diego
1999, 2003, 2004, 2005 Cusco, Peru
1998 Amazon Jungle, Iquitos, Peru
1997 Amazon Jungle with Peruvian Navy and Iquitos,Peru
1996 Ayacucho and Arequipa, Peru
1995 Trujillo and Arequipa, Peru
1985 Mexico City Earthquake with Salvation Army team of doctors
1985 Peruvian Andes Trip to work with project of implementing a hospital ship on the Amazon-Clinic in Brazil.
1977-78 Amazon Santarem-Esperanca Clinic, Brazil
1976 Worked in the Peruvian Amazon
1974 Amazon Santarem-Esperanca Clinic, Brazil
1972 Worked in the Peruvian Amazon
1969 Earthquake in remote areas of Andes-worked with a team of doctors with U.S. helicopters.
SPECIAL RECOGNITION & AWARDS
2013 Recipient Hispanic Physician of the Year Award
NHMA – National Hispanic Medical Association
2013 Paul Hams Fellow by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International
2007 Monsignor Charles Young Award - St. Rose of Lima Parish Paul Hams Fellow by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International
2006 Ethnic Physician Leadership Award and Service Above Self Recognition Chula Vista Rotary, CA
2004 PAMS Humanitarian Award - Peruvian American Medical Society
1997 Best Autobiography Award - San Diego Book Awards
1985 Special Recognition - Volunteer Service - Salvation Army Esperanzo Medical Center, Mexico City