March 17, 2022

Oscar Echeverria Receives USPHS Excellence in Public Health Award

Oscar G. Echeverria, MD ‘22 has been selected to receive a 2022 Excellence in Public Health Award from the U.S. Public Health Service Physician Professional Advisory Committee.

“I’m honored to have received this recognition for fighting to improve food access and resources among underserved communities in Los Angeles County. As physicians, I believe we should always strive to go above and beyond for our patients and their communities through our advocacy and work outside of the clinic,” Dr. Echeverria shared.

USPHS works on the front lines of public health. Its medical, health and engineering professionals fight disease, conduct research, and care for patients in underserved communities across the nation and throughout the world.

“This award is a testament to the education provided by the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and to the high caliber of your students. We hope that this will encourage your faculty and students to continue their strong work in public health,” said Steven Sumner, MD, MSc, U.S. Public Health Service, Region 9 Coordinator of the USPHS Excellence in Public Health Award program.

Dr. Echeverria is a recent graduate of PRIME-LA, a 5-year dual degree program focusing on the development of leaders in medicine who will improve health care delivery, research, and policy in underserved communities. He received a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, where he was a U.S. Latino Leadership Fellow.

As a medical student, he served as co-president of the UCLA chapter of the American Medical Association, as well as Vice President of Community Affairs of the Latino Medical Student Association – West. He will be a family medicine resident at UCSF.