Previous Advisory Board

Fernando Antelo, MD

Dr. Fernando Antelo is a surgical pathology fellow at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California.  Upon graduating from Loyola High School of Los Angeles, Fernando attended the University of California, Berkeley, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.  He obtained his MD at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2007 and completed his residency training in Pathology (AP/CP) at Harbor-UCLA in 2011.  As a medical student, he served as a member of the LMSA Board of Directors as well as a volunteer in various health fairs and pre-medical conferences.  Currently, he is a member of the College of American Pathologists and American Society for Clinical Pathology.  At Harbor-UCLA, he has successfully obtained over $145,000 for patient care and resident education through the Committee of Interns and Residents.   In 2010, the American Society of Clinical Pathology selected him as one of the two resident recipients for their National Representative Leadership Award.  In addition, he has received grants from the College of American Pathologists Foundation and Intersociety Council for Pathology Information.  As a pathologist training in an underserved community, he is interested in telepathology consulting and outreach to indigent and rural populations.  He is excited to become part of the Advisory Board and to contribute to the success of LMSA.


Jose Avalos, MD

Dr. Avalos is currently a faculty member in the Inpatient and Clinic, and Community Medicine at Kaiser Los Angeles Medical Center.  He earned his undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology at UC Berkeley where he was co-president of Chicanos/Latinos in Health Education (C.H.E.). He did his medical training at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA where he was president of his class and co-president of the Family Medicine interest group.  Dr. Avalos completed his residency at the Kaiser Los Angeles Family Medicine Residency program where he was the Chair of the Hospital House Staff Committee and was recently awarded the American Academy of Family Physicians Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education. Within LMSA, he served as the Scholarship Chair and as the MSR for UCLA earning him the LMSA MSR of the Year award in 2004 and the Richard Juarez Commitment to the Community award in 2007.


Alberto Manetta, MD

Dr. Manetta is the current director for the UCI Office of Diversity and Community Engagement. Under this role he has initiated and assisted medical students in various projects including humanitarian aid to the community of Duroville, CA, developing a family medicine track program in undergraduate medical education and the UCI LMSA/SNMA Pre-Health Conference.  He has served as Senior Associate Dean of Educational Affairs from 1998-2008.   Dr. Manetta has extensive administrative experience in the education of physicians and the clinical training of allied health and nursing professionals at the UC Irvine Medical Center. Dr. Manetta is also co-founder of UC Irvine’s Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community (PRIME-LC program). This program is a national model for training highly qualified, culturally sensitive and linguistically competent Latino physician-leaders


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 a scholarship in her name for high school students interested in medicine.  We are grateful for her dedication, contribution, and mentorship.


Mario San Bartolome, MD

Dr. San Bartolome is currently working as a family physician at Ventana Health in Pismo Beach, CA. He has also recently founded the Prezone Inc.  A Non-Profit California domestic corporation with a mission to promote social responsibility among pre‐professional students and professional in fields such as medicine, nursing, law, basic science research, business, dentistry, and pharmacy among others.  He graduated from UCi SOM in 2003. During his time as a medical student he help create Clinica Cariño ( a prequel to the current UCI Free Health Clinic) and the LMSA/SNMA Pre-Health Conference.


Richard Zapanta, MD:

Dr. Richard Zapanta is an alumna of USC Keck School of Medicine.  He is currently a practicing Orthopedic Surgeon in the Whittier area.  He is a leader among Latino physicians and is a generous supporter of Latino students at USC and in the LA area.  He is a founding member of the Mexican-American Alumni Association Scholarship Program, a collector of Mexican/Latin American Art and strong support of East Los Angeles College.   He has a strong relationship with LMSA at USC and has been influential in providing Latino physician mentors to students.


Margarita Loeza, MD

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.