Who: Dr. Eliseo Perez-Stable
New role: Director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, part of the National Institutes of Health. In September, he'll replace acting Director Yvonne Maddox, who will become VP for research at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md.
Current role: Chief of the division of general internal medicine and director of the Center for Aging in Diverse Communities at the University of California San Francisco.
Working for the elderly: Perez-Stable's focus at UCSF is on alleviating disparities in geriatric care and diversifying the scientific workforce addressing the elderly population. He also researches how healthcare professionals can better communicate across cultures.
Over 37 years at UCSF: He started his residency training at UCSF in 1978 and has worked there in various positions since. He came to the university after obtaining his undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Miami.
Focusing on minority health: In his additional role as director of the UCSF Medical Effectiveness Research Center for Diverse Populations, Perez-Stable researches cancer, cardiovascular disease and reproductive health in African-American, Asian and Latino communities.