Public Health Consultant, City of San Antonio, San Antonio, TX
Dr. Fernando A. Guerra is the former Director of Health for the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health) and a long-time practicing pediatrician. He also serves his community as a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA), an Adjunct Professor in Public Health at the Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, Brooks Air Force Base, and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston.
Dr. Guerra received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas in Austin; his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston; and a Master of Public Health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts, where he was a Kellogg Fellow. He is a founding scholar of the Public Health Leadership Institute. As a frequent contributor to medical literature in the area of immunizations, community health, health disparities, and other public health issues, Dr. Guerra has received numerous awards for his service and contributions to public health including the Job Lewis Smith Award of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Dr. Guerra is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Diplomat of the American Board of Pediatrics. He has served on the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices, the National Vaccine Advisory Committee, the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality, and the Federal Advisory Committee for the National Children’s Study. Currently, he serves on the Board of Trustees of the Urban Institute and is a Commissioner on the Commonwealth Fund Commission for a High Performing Health Care System. Additionally, he is serving as Chairman of the Board of the Children’s Environmental Health Institute and serves on the Committee on Biomedical Ethics for the March of Dimes. He is a member of the National Board of Public Health Examiners, The New York Academy of Medicine, the Texas Academy of Medicine, Science, and Engineering, and The Institute of Medicine, for which he has served on several boards and committees.
Moreover, Dr. Guerra passionately pursues one of his top priorities – educating and mentoring the next generation of public and private health professionals. As the Director of Health, he engages the minds of medical interns from the private sector as well as those in the military through the Residents in Aerospace Medicine (RAMS) program. Through the RAMS, he gives back to the military he served as a member of the United States Army Medical Corps during the Vietnam War. His service as a flight surgeon with the 10th Combat Aviation Battalion resulted in Dr. Guerra receiving a Bronze Star and the U.S. Army Commendation Medal with "V".
Dr. Guerra is committed to his community and improving the quality of life for children, in particular. To that end, he was a member of the founding Board of Directors for the San Antonio Children’s Museum; served on the Board of Trustees for the San Antonio Symphony and the Board of Directors for the Witte Museum and Family Services Association; and has contributed his knowledge and time to numerous other community and civic organizations.