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Diversity Champion Highlight: Javier Sevilla-Martir, MD

Jose Espada • 7/13/18

Diversity Champion Highlight: Javier Sevilla-Martir, MD

About Javier Sevilla-Martir, MD

  • Medical School: Facultad de Ciencias Medicas de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras
  • Specialty: Family Medicine
  • Career Highlights:
    • Assistant dean for Diversity Affairs
    • Professor of Underserved Indiana Patients
    • Professor of Clinical Family Medicine
    • Faculty advisor for IU School of Medicine Indianapolis Student Outreach Clinic

Point of Pride

Sevilla-Martir Founded the ENLACE Honduras Foundation, a non-profit medical relief organization, which supports primary care clinical services for the population of Taulabé, Honduras. Located in the central Comayagua region, a two-hour drive from the capital of Tegucigalpa, Sevilla’s organization built a medical clinic that serves 60,000 people from 58 communities within a 5-mile radius of the clinic. In addition to providing primary care services for adults and children, the clinic provides part-time services once a week from a dentist, psychologist and gynecologist. The clinic facility is a two-story building that includes four examination rooms, a pharmacy, a birthing center and operating room.

Biography

Sevilla-Martir has practiced family medicine for more than a decade. He chose family medicine because he values the holistic approach that the discipline uses to promote health and prevent illnesses. He is passionate about global health and providing medical care for underserved populations.  As an educator, he teaches a patient-centered approach to practicing medicine. He also enjoys leading service projects with medical students and residents in his home country of Honduras and surrounding countries. In his free time, Sevilla-Martir likes playing and watching soccer as well as traveling with his wife and son.

Sevilla-Martir serves Indianapolis’ underserved communities through the administration of the IU School of Medicine Indianapolis Student Outreach Clinic. He has served as a mentor and role model for countless medical students, faculty and staff. Sevilla-Martir has also been an advocate for the diversification of, not only the family medicine residency and faculty, but for all departments within IU School of Medicine, through his personal actions, and through his role as an assistant dean for the Office of Diversity Affairs. He also serves as the long-time advisor of the Latino student organization, Medical Spanish Society of Latinos, and created the highly-regarded medical spanish student elective which he continues to lead despite his commitments to his patients and numerous leadership responsibilities.

Author

Jose Espada

Jose Rivera Espada is the director of financial aid at IU School of Medicine, a nine-campus allopathic medical school in Indiana. Jose’s experience includes working as an assistant director of financial aid at Butler University and a financial aid counselor at Indiana University in Bloomington. He has served on various committees at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) as well as state and regional financial aid organizations. He speaks regularly about financing medical education at colleges and universities throughout the state of Indiana. He earned an undergraduate degree from Indiana University and worked toward a master’s degree in music education before finding financial aid as a profession. He performs regularly with small professional choral ensembles in the Indianapolis area.