Dr. Lopez joined the Mongan Institute for Health Policy (MIHP) in 2008 after his research fellowship in General Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. His personal experience as an ESL student led to his directorship of ESL curricula and citizenship courses at a Central American community center while a graduate student in religion and bioethics at Harvard Divinity School. This scholarly interest in health care equality and social justice led in turn to policy research with Dr. Emilio Carillo at New York-Presbyterian HealthCare. He participated in a multi-center pediatric asthma disparity study for Latino communities in New York City. A member of the Brigham and Women's Ethics Committee, he is interested in linking clinical effectiveness to policy issues in order to improve medical access and provide effective care to underserved minorities. His research interests include racial and ethnic disparities, including language barriers and patient safety, quality improvement in hospital care, and the impact of health information technology on disparity reduction. Dr. Lopez received his medical degree from University of Pennsylvania in 2001, and completed his residency at Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, in 2004. He received his M.P.H. at the Harvard School of Public Health as a CFHU Fellow in 2005.