September 27, 2023

Leon L. Haley, Jr. Award for Excellence in Diversity, Inclusion & Health Equity - Omar Guzman, MD, FACEP


Omar Guzman, MD, is a board-certified emergency medicine physician, born and raised in Visalia, California. He attended UC Irvine for his undergraduate degree as well as medical school. During medical school he was enrolled in an enhanced medical school curriculum called the “Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community,” designed to create leaders and physician-activists who will work in underserved Latino communities. He then returned to the valley for residency training at UCSF-Fresno, where he completed his emergency medicine residency program.

Dr. Guzman currently serves as a core faculty member for the Kaweah Health Emergency Medicine Residency Program and is the Director of Undergraduate Medical Education at Kaweah Health Medical Center. His interests are in addressing the social determinants of health through community engagement and advocacy. During his time at Kaweah Health, he has established a high school doctor’s academy and scholarships for underrepresented minority students rotating at the hospital. He is also the director of the Kaweah Health Street Medicine Team, which provides direct care to the homeless population encampments of Tulare County.

Dr. Guzman is on the executive board of directors for the Tulare County Medical Society and the board of directors for the California Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Guzman is a graduate of the inaugural cohort for the Medical Justice in Advocacy Fellowship through the American Medical Association.

About This Award

The Leon L. Haley, Jr. Award for Excellence in Diversity, Inclusion, & Health Equity recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution in diversity, inclusion, and health equity.

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