Spring/Summer 2018
Torres family honors local health care champion

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DRs. Torres with son

Wilfredo A. Torres, M.D. '10 and Anna Torres, M.D. '16 with their son, Alejandro, age 1. Photo by Brin Reynolds.

Story by Christy Jerz

For decades, Maria Emilia Guenechea worked tirelessly for Nevada's under-served. Through her work at the Mexican Consulate, she provided preventive care for both northern and southern Nevadans by organizing statewide health fairs, reaching rural Nevadans with her mobile clinic and working closely with the Nevada State government to provide health care to all, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender or immigration status.

The proud mother of a University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine graduate, Guenechea ardently supported the growth of academia in Nevada, especially with respect to health and medicine. She impacted countless lives, including Wilfredo A. Torres, M.D. '10, UNR Med assistant dean of admissions, diversity and inclusion.

In Guenechea's memory, Dr. Torres and his wife, Anna Torres, M.D. '16, have established the Maria Emilia Guenechea Latino Medical Student Award to assist second-year medical students with the purchase of Step 1 study materials.

Award recipients must be members of the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) and embody the organization's commitment to service, mentorship and education. Whether assisting minority undergraduate students with medical school applications or serving underrepresented communities by volunteering at UNR Med's Student Outreach Clinic, successful applicants will embody the spirit of LMSA-while emulating the selfless generosity modeled by Maria Emilia Guenechea.

For information about School of Medicine giving opportunities, please contact Shari Netzel, director of development, at (775) 682-6077 or snetzel@unr.edu.