Thomas R. Ortiz, MD, FAAFP, Medical Director
Thomas R. Ortiz, MD, FAAFP, is the Medical Director for the Center of Excellence for Latino
Health at Clara Maass Medical Center.
Dr. Ortiz graduated from Upsala College in East Orange, NJ with a B.S.
in Biochemistry. He earned early acceptance into NJ Medical School in
Newark, NJ where he earned his medical degree. One of a very few Latinos
in medical school at the time, he helped to found and create a national
organization, the Boricua/Latino Health Organization, with the goal and
purpose of improving the quality healthcare delivered to the Latino community
through student advocacy.
Dr. Ortiz attended the Family Practice Residency program at Mountainside
Hospital in Montclair, NJ and is Board Certified in Family Medicine. He
is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and a Fellow
of the Office of the National Coordinator.
Dr. Ortiz was instrumental in the establishment of the Office of Minority
Health, the Garden State Health Plan, NJ Medicaid Managed Care, the Essex
and Union Local Area Planning board (LAB) for the State Health Plan, NJ
Kids Care and the Community Partnership to Immunize Newark’s Kids.
He was awarded the first ASPIRA, Inc. of NJ Alumni of the Year Award and
this year was inducted into the ASPIRA Hall of Fame. Dr. Ortiz was honored
to receive an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Bloomfield College, in Bloomfield,
NJ in recognition of his community advocacy and commitment to primary
healthcare delivery. He has been recognized by the Essex County Board
of Chosen Freeholders as ‘Physician of the Year’ and by City
of Newark Council President Mildred Crump as a ‘Man of Vision.’
A distinguished Associate Professor of Family Medicine at Rutgers New Jersey
Medical School, Dr. Ortiz has trained numerous medical students and residents
in the art and practice of Family and Community Medicine.
Dr. Ortiz achieved his dream and dedicated the opening of the Forest Hill
Medical Arts Center for Family and Specialty Care on Mt. Prospect Avenue
in Newark, NJ, to providing the community with access to a wide array
of primary care services, specialty physicians, rehabilitation services
and culturally competent family medical services. The Forest Hill Family
Health Associates, PA has received the recognition of the National Council
of Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Patient Centered Medical Home.
Sarah B. Bonilla, MPH, Program Manager
Sarah Bonilla is of Ecuadorian descent and graduated first in her immediate
family from Montclair State University with a master’s degree in
Public Health with a Concentration in Community Health Education.
She has experience working in schools teaching lessons on girl’s
empowerment and health education lessons. Proceeding graduation Sarah
did a year of service in Quito, Ecuador for a non-profit organization
named The Working Boys’ Center a Family of Families. During her
year abroad she taught English to middle school girls, health education,
assisted in special education as well as teaching the parents of those
children how to read, write and do basic mathematics. Her journey in Quito
gave her the experiences she needed to continue her passion of community
outreach, health education and advocacy for the underserved.
Sarah’s bilingual background has allowed her to have impact on the
communities she has served and her position as the Program Manager for
the Center of Excellence for Latino Health ties together all her experiences
into one. Community outreach and wellness are two of her passions. She
looks forward to connecting the Latino community to health services available
at Clara Maass Medical Center by communicating effectively and developing
a strong relationship with the community and its partners.