Redes En Acción: The National Latino Cancer Research Network is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, with regional sites in San Francisco, San Diego, Chicago and New York City.

Below are each site’s leaders.

Headquarters/Central Region (San Antonio)

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Amelie G. Ramirez, DrPH
Director/Principal Investigator, Redes En Acción
Institute for Health Promotion Research
UT Health San Antonio

Dr. Ramirez, an internationally recognized cancer health disparities researcher, has spent 30 years directing research on human and organizational communication to reduce chronic disease and cancer health disparities affecting Latinos, including cancer risk factors, clinical trial recruitment, tobacco prevention, obesity prevention, healthy lifestyles, and more. She also trains/mentors Latinos in behavioral sciences and is on the board of directors for LIVESTRONG, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and others. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies.


Kipling J. Gallion, MA
Deputy Director, Redes En Acción>
Institute for Health Promotion Research
UT Health San Antonio

Mr. Gallion is an accomplished health communications producer and researcher with vast experience in program development and analysis. Over the years, he’s performed media production and coordination for many health groups and research teams in Houston and San Antonio. His work to promote cancer control, diabetes risk and tobacco cessation has been recognized in scientific literature and lauded with media industry awards. At the IHPR, he assists the director, Dr. Ramirez, in daily operations and oversees research projects and their print, radio, TV and social media components.

Northwest Region (San Francisco)

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Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, MD
Co-Principal Investigator, Redes En Acción
University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)

Dr. Pérez-Stable, an internist who provides primary care, is chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine at UCSF Medical Center. He is particularly interested in improving the health of poor and minority patients, and his research focuses on reducing health risks, such as smoking, in minority populations. He also leads various efforts in tobacco control research, aging issues in diverse communities, and doctor-patient communications, as well as serving as a mentor to Latino students.

Southwest Region (San Diego)


Gregory Talavera, MD
Co-Principal Investigator, Redes En Acción
San Diego State University
University of California, San Diego

Dr. Talavera, professor and head of the Division of Behavioral Sciences in the Graduate School of Public Health at San Diego State University (SDSU), is a bilingual, bicultural physician trained in public health and preventive medicine. He conducts research and teaching on the needs of indigent Spanish-speaking Latinos, particularly chronic disease prevention and control. During the early part of his career he practiced ambulatory medicine in the Spanish-speaking, underserved communities of San Diego’s border region. He also has extensive experience mentoring Latino students from the university’s MPH program.

North Central Region (Chicago)


Frank J. Penedo, PhD
Co-Principal Investigator, Redes En Acción
Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center
Northwestern University

Dr. Penedo has a growing reputation as a scholar of health disparities and outcomes in ethnically diverse populations and leads research into the most effective ways to promote cancer prevention, early diagnosis, and treatment in local, national, and international communities. His current research is focused on prostate cancer survivorship in Hispanic populations. It focuses on several questions, including the extent to which ethnic and sociocultural factors may promote or hinder chronic disease adjustment and health outcomes.

Northeast Region (New York City)


Juan Emilio Carrillo, MD
Co-Principal Investigator,Redes En Acción
New York-Presbyterian Community Health Plan
New York Weill Cornell Medical Center

Dr. Carrillo has vast experience in New York medical facilities and on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health, where he practiced, taught medicine, administered primary care programs and conducted pioneering work in cultural competence and community health. He has implemented many health promotion and cultural competence initiatives, strengthened primary care services and paved way for managed care readiness, as well as led interventions to reduce smoking among Latinos, reduce infant mortality, and other projects.