Michael S. Gordan Center for Research in Medical Education
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Emergency Medicine
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Born in Cuba and raised in Miami after coming to the United States during the Mariel–Key West boatlift, Dr. Motola is committed to improving emergency health care for Latino and other minority populations. Recognizing that emergency departments are the last and, sometimes, the only access to health care for underserved patients, she has dedicated her career to helping reduce disparities in access to health care. Her active involvement in serving minority and underserved populations is reflected by her contribution to community outreach programs, her role as mentor to Latino students, and her steadfast advocacy on behalf of patients with language and cultural barriers. Dr. Motola plans to develop and implement programs that provide culturally and linguistically competent health care for Latino patients. By analyzing the level of care and conducting outcomes research in emergency care provided to patients with limited English proficiency, Dr. Motola plans to reduce disparities in access to care and improve the level of care these populations receive. Dr. Motola received her medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in 2000, and completed her residency training in Emergency Medicine at the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency (Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital) in Boston, Mass. in 2004. She received an M.P.H. from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2005 as a CFHU Fellow.