Current Advisory Board

Amanda Perez, MD

Dr. Amanda Perez is currently a staff physician at the Emergency Medicine of the Kaiser Permanente Manteca Medical Center. Dr. Perez is an LMSA alumna from the Charles Drew University Chapter, where she served as Medical Student Representative. She also served on the Executive Board where she headed the Scholarship Program for the Western Region. Now as an ER physician, she continues to be active in her community and has not forgotten LMSA. She often mentors high school students to pursue higher education, and medical students to stay dedicated to their dreams of pursuing a career in medicine, especially emergency medicine. She also volunteers her time to health fairs and community outreach. Since 2008, she has continued to generously donate towards the Dr. Amanda Perez Scholarship for high school students interested in medicine. We are grateful for her dedication, contribution, and mentorship.

Margarita Loeza, MD

Dr. Margarita Loeza is Family Physician working at Venice Family Clinic since 2001. She provides primary care to the under served patients and does adolescent medicine at a school based clinic at Santa Monica High School. She volunteers at Homeboy Industries doing laser tattoo removal clinic. She also precepts medical students and residents in clinic. For the past 3 years, Dr. Loeza has worked on implementing an electronic health record at multiple clinic sites.ship.

Daniel Cabrera, MD MPH

Dr. Daniel Cabrera is a board certified physician at Northwest Hospital and a UW assistant professor of General Internal Medicine. Dr. Cabrera earned his M.D. from the University of Wisconsin. He is a member of the Society of Hospital Medicine and the American College of Physicians. His clinical and research interests include medical education, high value care and pharmaceutical safety. Dr. Cabrera enjoys being able to provide high value and cost-effective care to patients from all walks of life. He prides himself on connecting with patients during their most vulnerable times. His research interests are in Medical Education, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, and Health Disparities. 

Don Portocarrero, DO

Dr. Donald J. Portocarrero is double board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. He is a founder and partner of Gastroenterology Medical of Los Angeles (GMLA)-a private practice medical group providing quality gastroenterology care in the predominantly Spanish-speaking Latino patient population of East Los Angeles. Dr. Portocarrero attended UCLA for his undergraduate and Western University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific for medical school. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at White Memorial Medical Center and Gastroenterology fellowship at Loma Linda University. 

Amy Garcia, MD MS

Dr. Amy Garcia is an associate professor of pediatrics and Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education student affairs at the OHSU School of Medicine. She has been with OHSU since 2012 and has served on the OHSU Faculty Senate, is a member of the Educators’ Collaborative, and holds teaching and educational leadership in the M.D. program. She served for four years as the Hormones and Digestion block co-director in the Foundations of Medicine phase of the OHSU YOUR M.D. curriculum and was recognized for Excellence in Teaching at the OHSU 2018 Honors and Awards ceremony. 

Lisa Montes, MD

Dr. Lisa Montes is a partnered physician with the Southern California Kaiser Permanente, South Bay Group, in the department of Pediatrics, which she has been with since 2001. She was raised in Southern California with an arts background in ballet, jazz and modern dance. She always knew she wanted to be a pediatrician since early elementary school and always wanted to be a UCLA bruin. At Kaiser Permanente she is actively involved in The Reach Out and Read Literacy Program, the Hippocrates Circle Mentoring Program, the Diversity and Inclusion Council and Physician Faculty for the electronic medical record called Health Connect Essentials Seminar. At Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine she sits on the Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Counsel and is appointed Faculty Instructor since 10/1/2018.