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Jorge Gomez, MD, PhD
Associate Director of the UA Center for Border Health
University of Arizona Health Sciences
Jorge Gomez, MD, PhD, is associate director of the Center for Border Health at the University of Arizona Health Sciences and the assistant director for cancer outreach at the University of Arizona Cancer Center. In addition, he is an assistant professor in the Department of Community, Environment and Policy at the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, Public Health Policy and Management Program. In these roles he supports the acceleration of translational research initiatives in special populations, including Hispanic and Native American communities, toward addressing the burdens of health disparities.
Dr. Gomez is an internationally respected global health-care leader formerly with the National Cancer Institute (NCI), a part of the National Institutes of Health. With more than 20 years at NCI, Dr. Gomez has exceptional depth of programmatic knowledge in health professions training program diversity, community-based research, border health and health disparities.
Dr. Gomez was born in Empalme, Sonora, Mexico, and graduated with an MD from the Universidad de Guadalajara 1982. A UA alumnus, Dr. Gomez earned a PhD from the UA in 1990 in immunology and pharmacology.
Most recently, Dr. Gomez served as senior project leader for the NCI’s Center for Global Health, providing scientific, technical and strategic advice, including long-term planning and development of the program. The center was created to consolidate and coordinate the international cancer programs within the NCI and the NIH and serves as the point of contact for other government agencies, including the Health and Human Services Office of Global Affairs, the State Department, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Pan American Health Organization, among others. During his 21 years with the NCI, Dr. Gomez also served as director of the Office of Latin American Cancer Program Development, an NCI program that he created to build international strategic partnerships that resulted in the formation of the U.S.-Latin American Cancer Research Network, a five-nation cancer research project that includes Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Uruguay. He also was the branch chief and medical officer for the Organ Systems program at the NCI and the medical officer and program director for the NCI’s prestigious Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPORE) program, the NCI’s largest translational research program.
A seasoned research administrator, his interests include the elimination of health disparities in targeted populations through translational research, pre-clinical research, early clinical interventions, immunology, pharmacology and molecular biology.