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alumni Dr. Michael Rodriguez (left) with Freddy Meynard, dean of health sciences, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua.
Photo: Courtesy of Dr. Michael Rodriquez
Promoting Exchange to Encourage Change
Michael Rodriguez, MD ’88, MPH, is professor and vice chair for
global health in the Department of Family Medicine at the David
Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, co-director of the University of
California Global Health Institute Center of Expertise on Migration and
Health and founding director of the UCLA Blum Center on Poverty
and Health in Latin America. His research activities focus on health
inequities, including violence prevention, chronic diseases, such as
diabetes and obesity, and efforts to strengthen the health system
and develop partnerships with other institutions and stakeholders.
He has authored articles and lectured internationally on a wide
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range of health issues. He also collaborates with the World Health
Organization, UNICEF, the Pan American Health Organization and the
Inter-American Development Bank. Dr. Rodriguez mentors and teaches
UCLA faculty and trainees from numerous schools while volunteering at
a community health center serving uninsured patients in Los Angeles.
Today, UCLA is improving global health by nurturing a new
generation of leaders and by providing clinical, research and
humanitarian training for medical students, residents, fellows
and faculty. When I attended medical school at UCLA, in the