Alliance of Academic Health Centers International Announces Transition of Latin American & the Caribbean Regional Office

Washington, DC., July 6, 2022 - The Alliance of Academic Health Centers International (AAHCI) is pleased to announce the transition of the Latin American & the Caribbean (LAC) Regional Office from the University of São Paulo Faculty of Medicine in Brazil to TecSalud Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico.

“I want to express my deepest appreciation to the University of São Paulo for their outstanding efforts as the host of AAHCI’s LAC Regional Office for the past five years. With the leadership of Valeria Aoki, MD, PhD, Tarcisio Eloy Pessoa de Barros Filho, MD, PhD, and the International Relations Committee, the office provided the region with high-quality meetings and programs and exemplary membership development efforts, including originating the AAHCI Student Leadership Initiative,” said AAHCI Executive Director Steven L. Kanter, MD.

The transition of the AAHCI Latin American & the Caribbean Regional Office to the TecSalud, Tecnológico de Monterrey is effective on July 1, 2022.

“It is a great honor to host the AAHCI LAC Regional Office,” said Jorge E. Valdez, MD, PhD, dean, School of Medicine and Health Science, TecSalud. “We strongly believe we have many similarities and challenges and, together, we can promote more collaborations that help academic health center leaders with their broad global visions for delivering medical education of the highest standards.”

“AAHCI looks forward to working with TecSalud, Tecnológico de Monterrey as the newly appointed LAC Regional Office host,” added Kanter. “I have had the distinct pleasure of working with Dr. Valdez and I know that, with his leadership, the transition will be smooth. I am confident of continued work that supports and amplifies the voice of academic health centers in the region.”

The transition of this office, along with the continued work of all AAHCI Regional Offices, is central to AAHCI and provides:

  • Customized region-specific initiatives and tailored programs
  • Facilitated regional networking opportunities, educational programs, exchange of best practices, data collection and analysis, and community/regional relationships; and
  • A deeper understanding of the critical value of academic health centers for governments, industry, and the public.

AAHCI is a wholly owned subsidiary of the AAMC and comprises an international constituency.

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The AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) is a nonprofit association dedicated to improving the health of people everywhere through medical education, health care, medical research, and community collaborations. Its members comprise all 155 accredited U.S. and 16 accredited Canadian medical schools; approximately 400 teaching hospitals and health systems, including Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and more than 70 academic societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC leads and serves America’s medical schools and teaching hospitals and the millions of individuals employed across academic medicine, including more than 191,000 full-time faculty members, 95,000 medical students, 149,000 resident physicians, and 60,000 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in the biomedical sciences. In 2022, the Association of Academic Health Centers and the Association of Academic Health Centers International merged into For Immediate Release July 6, 2022 News Release Contact: Christine Smith, 202-741-5520 the AAMC, broadening the AAMC’s U.S. membership and expanding its reach to international academic health centers. Learn more at aamc.org.