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Denise Martinez

Dr. Martinez has served as the Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa since 2011, becoming the youngest medical school Assistant, now Associate Dean in the country. She founded the Iowa Latino Medical Student Association in 2012, and is currently the faculty advisor for the Iowa chapter of the Student National Medical Association and the Minority Association of Premedical Students. For her work with these organizations, she received the Hawkeye Award for Faculty Advisor of the Year for the entire University of Iowa as these organizations serve to foster and mentor future minority health professionals.

Additionally, Dr. Martinez is the Medical Co-Director for the Iowa Mobile Health Clinic, a free health clinic system run by University of Iowa health professional students that mostly serves underserved populations and which sees over 600 patients yearly. She was recently awarded a HRSA grant for 1.3 million dollars to provide free counseling services through these clinics to populations who normally would not have access to these services. As the Primary Investigator of the Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP), she oversees a free summer program for 80 underrepresented, undergraduate pre-health students each summer, with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for over 1.5 million dollars. She was named by the National Minority Quality Forum as one of the top “40 under 40 Leaders in Minority Health” for 2018.