The 1960s were a time of upheaval in American society, but for Dr. James Cruz
, there was inspiration to be found in political turmoil.
"My family's hometown is Delano, and their roots are in farm-working," said Cruz
recent acceptance of a job as medical director for Molina Healthcare of California
in Long Beach as maintaining that pursuit.
"For me it's ideal, because Molina focuses strictly on the low-income and vulnerable population that inspired me to go into medicine in the first place," he
Cruz always saw administrative work as a better way to help people than working as a practicing doctor.
After completing his residency at White Memorial Medical Center in East Los Angeles in 1991, he joined the faculty at UC San Francisco's Fresno campus and developed a family medicine program for migrant farm workers there.
The program was among the first of its kind in the nation.
"Even though I don't practice medicine, I still can be a contributor to helping these individuals as a medical director, assuring that an appropriate level of services is given to these people," he
, 50, is divorced and lives in San Clemente.
has a 19-year-old son, Adam, and a 16-year-old daughter, Anelisa.
spare time, he
enjoys hitting the beach and cooking.