Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, MD, PhD
Dr. Aguilar-Gaxiola is a Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine at the School of Medicine, University of California, Davis. He is the Founding Director of the Center for Reducing Health Disparities at UC Davis Health System and the Director of Community Engagement of the UCD Clinical Translational Science Center (CTSC). He is co-chair of the NIH’s Community Engagement Key Function Committee for the CTSA awards, the Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Directors (after completing a two-year term as Chair) of Mental Health America and Research Scientist member of the National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse (NHSNDA). He is also a member of the International Advisory Committee of the CARSO Health Institute. He holds several World Health Organization (WHO) advisory, board, and consulting positions, and is the Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean of the WHO World Mental Health (WMH) Consortium. Dr. Aguilar-Gaxiola’s research includes cross-national epidemiologic research on patterns and correlates of mental disorders in population samples and understanding and reducing health disparities. He has worked effectively to bridge research with services delivery and policy development and has been active translating research into practical information of value to consumers and their families, providers, service administrators, and policy makers. He is a first generation Latino of Mexican origin.