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Elmer HuertaElmer E. Huerta, MD, MPH ’92

Distinguished Alumnus Award

Director, The Cancer Preventorium, Washington Cancer Institute at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Washington, D.C. 

Dr. Huerta has dedicated his medical career to using mass communications to educate Spanish-speaking audiences about the importance of cancer prevention and early detection. His radio and television programs are widely syndicated in the United States and Latin America, and he is a medical commentator on Univision, Telemundo, CNN en Español and CNN Radio Noticias. His books include La Salud Hecho Fácil and Confrontando el Cáncer.

Since he founded the Cancer Preventorium in 1994, Dr. Huerta has seen more than 33,000 patients, primarily poor and uninsured Latinos. President Bill Clinton appointed him in 1998 to the National Cancer Advisory Board. In 2007, Dr. Huerta was elected President of the American Cancer Society, becoming the first Latino to hold that office. Dr. Huerta’s other honors include the 2004 Innovations in Prevention Award from the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the 2013 White House Public Health and Prevention Champion of Change Award.