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Influential Hispanic doctor and businessman to speak about helping the underserved

Serving those who are underserved is what motivates J. Mario Molina, M.D., and it's led not only to success, but national recognition.



Dr. J. Mario Molina, president and chief executive officer of Molina Healthcare, Inc. (Courtesy photo)

Molina, the president and chief executive officer of Molina Healthcare Inc., was recognized as one of Time Magazine's 25 most influential Hispanics in America in 2005. The Time article focused on his company's approach to the industry - using bilingual brochures and hiring bilingual doctors to make trips to the hospital less intimidating for Spanish-speaking patients.

Molina is the latest speaker in the Garrey E. and Katherine T. Carruthers Speaker Series in Economic Development. His presentation will focus on medicine and healthcare and how the two can be tied to successful business. He will speak Nov. 30 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Corbett Center Auditorium at New Mexico State University.

Molina's company, based in California but with services in eight states, is also recognized as one of the top 100 fastest-growing in the country.

Molina said he is anxious to see NMSU, as well as Las Cruces. "I've spent time in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, but never Las Cruces. Many of our patients in the state are from southern New Mexico," he said.

Before leading Molina Healthcare, Molina earned his medical degree at the University of Southern California and he performed his internship and residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Molina is a member of the American College of Physicians and the California Medical Association. He's also a member of the board of the Association of Health Insurance Plans, the Aquarium of the Pacific and Homeboy Industries. Molina serves as a national trustee of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and received the Ernst & Young Greater Los Angeles Entrepreneur of the Year Award for 2002.

The seminar series is hosted by the Garrey E. and Katherine T. Carruthers Chair in Economic Development. Business Dean Garrey E. Carruthers and his wife Katherine created the chair with a $500,000 gift. The state of New Mexico gave the chair $1 million in matching funds.

During the fall 2006 and spring 2007 series, several speakers will address students on issues related to "The Changing Face of Economic Development." The next presenter, Thomas Donohue, president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled to speak Feb. 8, 2007. The presentations are free and open to the public.