Matt Gomez graduated from the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine, where he was honored as the Outstanding Graduating Medical Student.
Throughout medical school, Matt cultivated a passion for serving his community. He was a leader among UCR’s pipeline programs, including the Medical Leaders of Tomorrow and Future Physician Leaders. In recognition of his dedication to his school and community, Matt was awarded a number of honors throughout his time as a medical student, including the prestigious Kaiser Permanente MERIT Scholarship award, the Outstanding Service Scholar award from UC Riverside, the Citizen of the Year award from the San Bernardino County Medical Association, and the President’s Volunteer Service Award from President Barack Obama.
Matt’s commitment to serving the underserved remained a focal point throughout each stage of his life. He mobilized a record-breaking number of students at UCR and led them on multiple trips to Nicaragua and Honduras, where they established sustainable, community-run medical clinics to provide free healthcare to rural communities. Upon his return to Riverside, Matt turned his attention to the equally pressing needs facing the medically underserved population at home in Inland Southern California. Matt established a free clinic for the citizens of San Bernardino, which to this day remains an integral part of the educational and service opportunities at the UC Riverside School of Medicine. In recognition of his hard work, Matt was the sole student chosen to represent UC Riverside at the annual meeting of the Board of Regents of the University of California, where he showcased UC Riverside’s commitment to serving the community to UC President Janet Napolitano.
Matt is equally passionate about healthcare leadership, an interest that he has further developed through hands-on experiences. He again represented medical students at the three School of Medicine Strategic Planning Retreats in Research, Education, and Clinical Care. He also served on the School of Medicine’s official committee for LCME accreditation, in addition to his work on the search committee for the Chief Operating Officer of UC Riverside Health.
Realizing that other students would also benefit from such leadership experiences, Matt founded the Healthcare Leadership Program at UC Riverside. The program encompasses a longitudinal, four-year curriculum that allows medical students to earn a Designated Emphasis in Healthcare Leadership while gaining real-world, hands-on experience and training in the field.
Matt continued to cultivate his passion for leadership and exploring the frontiers of medicine, which led him to Wild Health and genomics based personalized medicine. Upon graduating from medical school, Matt joined the Wild Health team and now serves as Director of Operations.
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