Luis Manriquez, MD
August 25th- September 17th, 2014
Luis Manriquez grew up in the desert southwest and headed to the Big Apple to study film-making in college. He arrived in New York a week before September 11th and his experiences in the city following this tragedy forced him to rethink his career ambitions and focus on medicine as a way to be directly useful to people.
Before applying to medical school he attended the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine in Bisbee, AZ, where he met his wife,Sarah. They lived in Denver while Luis finished his medical pre-requisites and ran a biodiesel cooperative and sustainable transportation education program. They then moved to her native Washington and Luis was accepted to the University of Washington School of Medicine.
As a first-year medical student Luis trained as a community organizer and worked to develop a student organization called the Health Equity Circle that brings students together across disciplines to educate students and take action on health-equity issues on campus and in the Seattle area. He helped lead a partnership of student organizations, a local free clinic and the university in creating a student-run free clinic. As a clinical student he moved to Spokane and started another chapter of the Health Equity Circle in addition to developing a class, "Health Equity and Community Organizing" to teach students about health equity and how to be effective in organizing for change.
Luis is thrilled to be joining the OHSU Family Medicine/Preventive medicine program. This program will give him the opportunity to train to be the best physician at the bedside and also learn the skills to follow patients out of the clinic and work with them to address the social, economic and environmental issues that affect our health. He looks forward to continuing to work with community organizations to build a just society because a healthy society requires justice and a just society will be healthy.
Being a family medicine doctor and community organizer allows Luis to support people in every stage of life, from delivering a young couple's first child into the world to working with community groups to ensure there is adequate educational support to help that child thrive to treating grandpa's hypertension so he can live to see his granddaughter graduate from college. The opportunity to serve as a physician is an honor and a privilege.
A glutton at heart, but at least one with good taste, Luis looks forward to taking his wife out to enjoy Portland's innovative food culture, foraging in the woods for gourmet mushrooms and hosting friends and family in their new hometown.