Lester Martinez-Lopez, MD, MPH
Clinical Advisor, Family Practice and Military Medicine
Dr. Martinez-Lopez was born in Puerto Rico.
In 1978, he graduated from the School of Medicine in the University of Puerto Rico and later completed his Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University.
He is a diplomat of the American Board of Family Practice and the American Board of Preventive Medicine.
In 2005, Dr Martinez-Lopez retired from the U.S. Army with the permanent rank of Major General as the first Hispanic to head the Army Medical Research and Materiel Command at Fort Detrick, Maryland.
His responsibilities included directing the Army's worldwide medical research, acquisition, and logistics program.
He oversaw a vast research portfolio that included cancer, trauma, infectious diseases, biodefense, chemical defense, nutrition, environmental health, aviation medicine, and telemedicine research.
Prior to these duties he
was the Commanding General of the Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine
at Edgewood, Maryland.
In this assignment he
directed a worldwide public health organization responsible for preventive medicine, health promotion and wellness, global medical surveillance, occupational and environmental health, and health risk communication.
During his previous military career he was the commander of three distinct hospitals, where he oversaw the military health support during Hurricane Mitch in Central America, and served as the Chief Medical Officer of the United Nation's Mission in Haiti.
He has also served as Chief Medical Officer at Brandon Regional Hospital in Brandon, Florida and Senior Vice-President & Administrator of the Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital in Houston, Texas.
awards include the U.S. Army
Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with Three Oak Clusters, The Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Army's
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak clusters, the Senior Flight Surgeon Badge, the U.S.
Surgeon General's Medal, and the Woodrow Wilson Award for Distinguished Government Service from Johns Hopkins University
In addition he has a Doctorate in Education (Honoris Causa) degree from the Caribbean University in Puerto Rico.