Enrique S. Fernandez is Professor and Chair of Family Medicine and Director of Community Outreach and Education at Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM). He was appointed to this role in September 2013. Prior to assuming the leadership role in Family Medicine and community engagement, for 5 years Dr. Fernandez served as RUSM’s Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Sciences.
Before joining RUSM in 2001, Dr. Fernandez held faculty appointments at the University of Southern California, Loma Linda School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and at the University of Miami School of Medicine where he was Vice-Chair for Academic Affairs in the Family Medicine Department and Interim Director of the Family Medicine Residency Program.
Dr. Fernandez served in the U.S. Public Health Service, where he administered federal training-grant programs for primary care medical education health policy, faculty development and medical education research. He also served as the Director of the Division of Medicine in the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and was Executive Secretary for the Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME). Dr. Fernandez continues to advocate for advanced integration of technology in education while emphasizing the importance of patient-centered delivery of care that recognizes the evolving relationship between practitioners and patients. His interests include faculty development, and training for cultural competence/cultural humility.
A graduate of Stanford University, Dr. Fernandez earned his MD at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and completed his residency in Family Medicine at Santa Monica Hospital, UCLA Medical Center. He went on to earn his MSEd at the University of Southern California.