Fernando A. Guerra, MD, MPH, FAAP
Pediatrician and Public Health Consultant
Dr. Fernando A. Guerra is the former Director of Health for the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District and a long-time practicing pediatrician. He also serves his community as a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine, and as an Adjunct Professor of Public Health at the University of Texas School of Public Health.
Dr. Guerra received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas in Austin, his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, and his master’s degree in public health from the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, where he was a Kellogg Fellow and a Distinguished Alumnus. He is a founding scholar of the Public Health Leadership Institute. A frequent speaker and contributor to the medical literature in the area of community health, immunizations, health disparities, and other public health issues, Dr. Guerra has received numerous awards for his service and contributions to pediatrics and 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 a Diplomat of the American Board of Pediatrics. During his active career in public health, he served on several federal advisory committees for immunization practices, infant mortality, and the National Children’s Study. He is a long-standing member of the Board of Trustees of the Urban Institute in Washington D.C. He previously served as a Commissioner on the Commonwealth Fund Commission for a High Performing Health Care System, on the March of Dimes’ National Committee on Biomedical Ethics, and on the National Board of Public Health Examiners. In addition to serving on PHAB’s Board of Directors, he was elected to the New York Academy of Medicine; the Institute of Medicine; the Academy of Medicine, Engineering, and Science of Texas; and the Texas Philosophical Society. He has served on several boards and committees within these organizations.
Throughout his career, Dr. Guerra has cared for and advocated for children through his service on the board and as chair of the Children’s Environmental Health Institute, the board of the San Antonio Symphony, the Children’s Museum, and Family Services Association. As a pediatrician and public health official, he continues to give his knowledge and time to numerous community and civic organizations.