President-Elect 2023 - 2025

Dr Viviana Martinez-Bianchi (USA/Argentina)

Dr. Viviana Martinez-Bianchi is a family doctor, fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, and Diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine. She is Associate Professor and the Director for Health Equity at Duke University's Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, where she was Director of the Family Medicine Residency program from 2006 to 2021. 

She was elected President -Elect of of the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) in October 2023. And will serve as President-Elect from 2023 to 2025 and as President from 2025 to 2027.

She was an Executive Member -at- Large and WONCA liaison to the World Health Organization from 2016 to 2021.

She is founder and co-director of LATIN-19, the Latinx Advocacy Team and Interdisciplinary Network for COVID-19, a multisector group addressing Hispanic health during the COVID-19 Pandemic and beyond.  
She was appointed in July 2020, by the Governor of North Carolina to the Andrea Harris Social, Economic, Environmental, and Health Equity Task Force, and served as a Latinx Health advisor for the NC Department of Health and Human Services. She was co team lead for the Testing team for Historically Marginalized Populations COVID-19 Response from September 2020 to August 2021, and she serves in multiple taskforces on equitable access to COVID testing, vaccines, and treatment, and currently on taskforces and workgroups related to Medicaid Expansion. In addition, she Chaired the Health Equity Team for Family Medicine for America’s Health, and the Starfield II: Health Equity Summit- Primary Care's Role In Achieving Health Equity

In 2021 she was  featured in an award winning documentary, “The heroes of the pandemic: “When the world is burning, I have to put out the fire” by Univision and in Spanish “Los héroes de la pandemia: “Si el mundo está ardiendo, yo siento que tengo que ayudar a apagar el fuego”.

She has received multiple awards: 
2020 NC Latino Diamante Award Recipient. Winners of the award demonstrate improving the health the Hispanic community in North Carolina
2020-21 F. Marian Bishop Leadership Award, by the society of Teachers of Family Medicine Foundation. The award honors senior leaders who have significantly enhanced family medicine’s credibility by a sustained, long-term commitment to family medicine in academic settings. 
2021 Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award by the Duke School of Medicine.  This award is sponsored by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation and has been supported by Leonard Tow since 2003.  Winners of this award demonstrate compassion in the delivery of care, respect for patients, their families, and healthcare colleagues, as well as clinical excellence.
2021 North Carolina Family Doctor of the Year Award. Presented by the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians. Dec 2021
2022 Named to the North Carolina Institute of Medicine, among 13 leaders in health care and public health confirmed as new members by the institute's board of directors and announced December 5, 2022. Membership is intended to honor the work of leaders in health care and public health across North Carolina, and to connect members with colleagues also working to advance the health of North Carolinians and the mission and values of the institute. 2023 Named to the NCIOM subcommittee on the Future of Nursing 
2022 Foundation for Health Leadership and Innovation Community Achievement Award. The award recognizes individuals who have dedicated their careers to improving the health of communities.

Her work addresses clinical education, teamwork and interprofessional education, chronic disease management, women's health procedures, addressing social determinants of health and promoting an understanding of health equity both from local and international perspectives. She joined the Duke faculty in 2006 with broad clinical experience, gained by working as a family doctor in a rural/industrial health professional shortage area in Iowa followed by being a faculty at a community hospital-based residency program for 11 years. Viviana immigrated from Argentina in 1990 after graduating from  medical school at the Universidad Nacional de Rosario, graduated from the University of Iowa Family Medicine Residency in 1996 after serving as Chief resident, and worked full spectrum Family Medicine in Muscatine, IA until 2001. She joined the Quad Cities Genesis Family Medicine Residency program as faculty in Davenport, IA in 2002 and was a Community Teaching Scholar at the University of Iowa in 2004. She completed a Fellowship in Faculty Development with Emphasis in Caring for Underserved Populations at the University of Cincinnati in 2005, a Family Medicine Faculty Development Fellowship with emphasis in Cultural Competency with the Cultural Medicine Training Center in 2015; and a Teaching for Equity Fellowship at Duke in 2018.  Her leadership activities have included serving as an elected member to several Boards of Directors, including the Iowa and the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians. She has been Faculty for the AAFP Foundation Emerging Leader Institute, and chaired the AAFP Commission on Membership and Member Services. Dr. Martinez-Bianchi  has represented minority physicians to the Congress of Delegates of the AAFP). 

A. Contribution to Science

1. Promoting Health Equity for the Latinx Community

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and in anticipation of disparities in the Latinx community, she co-founded LATIN-19 and has led efforts at Duke, the local community, and the state to address health equity, especially for the Latinx community who has been disproportionately affected. This work has resulted in professional publications, educational materials for the public, and information disseminated through over 70 news and social media outlets.
a. Maradiaga Panayotti GM, Martinez-Bianchi V, Corsino L, Silberberg M, Zullig LL, Felsman IC, Gonzalez-Guarda R, Nagy GA, Rocha P, Vergara E, Smith L, Peña A, Granados I, Kennedy D, Pollak KI. LATIN-19: A Grassroots Coalition to Mitigate the Effect of COVID-19 on the Latinx Community in North Carolina. Prog Community Health Partnersh. 2022;16(2S):33-38. doi: 10.1353/cpr.2022.0036. PMID: 35912655

b. Thoumi A, Hendel K, Gutierrez S, Chaudhry N, Martinez-Bianchi V. “Bridging The Health Equity Gap: Strategies To Create An Equitable Health System For Latinx Communities, " Health Affairs Blog, November 19, 2021.DOI: 10.1377/hblog20211115.823757

c. Viera AJ, Barnett J, Case M, Epling C, Halstater B, Lyn M, Martinez-Bianchi V, Ragsdale J, Railey K, Said K, Sawin G, Spotts H, Vaughn J, Weigle N, Michener JL. Partnerships to Care for Our Patients and Communities During COVID-19. J Am Board Fam Med. 2021 Sep-Oct;34(5):1003-1009. doi: 10.3122/jabfm.2021.05.210091. PMID: 34535525.

d. Martinez-Bianchi V, Maradiaga Panayotti GM, Corsino L, Felsman IC, Gonzalez-Guarda RM, Nagy GA, Peña A. Health and Wellness for Our Latina Community: The Work of the Latinx Advocacy Team & Interdisciplinary Network for COVID-19 (LATIN-19). N C Med J. 2021 Jul-Aug;82(4):278-281. doi: 10.18043/ncm.82.4.278. PMID: 34230183.

e. Laws M, Martinez-Bianchi V. In the Path of the Storm: North Carolina's Response to COVID-19's Impact on Historically Marginalized Populations. N C Med J. 2021 Jul-Aug;82(4):276-277. doi: 10.18043/ncm.82.4.276. PMID: 34230182.

f. Nicholas A Turner, MD MHSc, William Pan, DrPH MS MPH, Viviana S Martinez-Bianchi, MD, Gabriela M Maradiaga Panayotti, MD, Arrianna M Planey, PhD, Christopher W Woods, MD MPH, Paul M Lantos, MD MS-GIS, Racial, Ethnic, and Geographic Disparities in Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) Test Positivity in North Carolina, Open Forum Infectious Diseases, ofaa413.

g. Martinez-Bianchi V, Frank B, Edgoose J, et al. Addressing Family Medicine’s Capacity to Improve Health Equity Through Collaboration, Accountability and Coalition-Building. Fam Med. 2019;51(2):198-203.

h. The heroes of the pandemic: “When the world is burning, I must put out the fire” by Andrea Patiño Contreras & Victoria Bouloubasis, Sep 24, 2020 

2. Scholarship on Community Engagement and Population Health

She has contributed to the scholarship on community engagement and population health and has led efforts to train the next generation of diverse physicians who are equipped to take on a health equity lens when addressing population health. She has actively involved and mentored trainees in this work, advocating for more inclusive strategies in family medicine.
a. Baillieu R, Kidd M, Phillips R, Roland M, Mueller M, Morgan D, Landon B, DeVoe J, Martinez-Bianchi V, Wang H, Etz R, Koller C, Sachdev N, Jackson H, Jabbarpour Y, Bazemore A. The Primary Care Spend Model: a systems approach to measuring investment in primary care. BMJ Glob Health. 2019 Jul 10;4(4):e001601. doi: 10.1136/bmjgh-2019-001601. PMID: 31354975; PMCID: PMC6626519.

b. Michener L, Bradley D, Martinez-Bianchi V, Andolsek KM. “Family Medicine’s Task in Population Health: Defining It and Owning It” Begins With the Community. Fam Med. 2019;51(5):444-445. 

c. A Framework for Resident Participation in Population Health. Jiménez J, Andolsek K, Martinez-Bianchi V, Michener JL. Acad Med. 2018 Sep 25. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000002471. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 30256255

d. Kaprielian VS, Silberberg M, McDonald MA, Koo D, Hull SK, Murphy G, Tran AN, Sheline BL, Halstater B, Martinez-Bianchi V, Weigle NJ, de Oliveira JS, Sangvai D, Copeland J, Tilson HH, Scutchfield FD, Michener JL. Teaching population health: a competency map approach to education. Acad Med. 2013 May;88(5):626-37. 

3. Family Medicine and Primary Care in a Global Context

She has spearheaded transformation in family and primary care within a global context, ensuring alignment with the medical home model and fostering integration with population health. 

a. Astier-Peña MP, Martínez-Bianchi V, Torijano-Casalengua ML, Ares-Blanco S, Bueno-Ortiz JM, Férnandez-García M. El Plan de acción mundial para la seguridad del paciente 2021-2030: identificando acciones para una atención primaria más segura [The Global Patient Safety Action Plan 2021-2030: Identifying actions for safer primary health care]. Aten Primaria. 2021 Dec;53 Suppl 1(Suppl 1):102224. Spanish. doi: 10.1016/j.aprim.2021.102224. PMID: 34961576; PMCID: PMC8721340.

b. O’Sullivan B, Chater B, Bingham A, Wynn-Jones J, Couper I, Hegazy NN, Kumar R, Lawson H, Martinez-Bianchi V, Randenikumara S, Rourke J, Strasser S and Worley P (2020) A Checklist for Implementing Rural Pathways to Train, Develop and Support Health Workers in Low and Middle-Income Countries. Front. Med. 7:594728. doi: 10.3389/fmed.2020.594728

c. Kelly C, Coutinho AJ, Goldgar C, Gonsalves W, Gutkin C, Kellerman R, Fetter G, Tuggy M, Martinez-Bianchi V, Pauwels J, Hinkle BT, Bhuyan N, McCrory K, Roett MA, Snellings J, Yu K, Bentley A. Collaborating to Achieve the Optimal Family Medicine Workforce. Fam Med. 2019;51(2):149-158. 

d. Emerging role of family medicine in South Africa. Moosa S, Peersman W, Derese A, Kidd M, Pettigrew LM, Howe A, Martinez-Bianchi V, De Maeseneer J. BMJ Glob Health. 2018 Sep 6;3(Suppl 3):e000736. doi: 10.1136/bmjgh-2018-000736. PMID: 30233837 

e. Danford C1, Sheline B, Martinez-Bianchi V, Blazar M, Dieter P, Weigle N Course on care of patients with chronic illness: patient-centered medical home model. Educ Health (Abingdon). 2014 May-Aug;27(2):205-7

4. Scholarship in General Family Medicine topics

a. Ragsdale JW 3rd, Halstater B, Martinez-Bianchi V. Prostate cancer screening. Prim Care. 2014 Jun;41(2):355-70. doi: 10.1016/j.pop.2014.02.009. Epub 2014 Mar 26. PMID: 24830612.

b. Martinez-Bianchi V, Halstater BH. Urologic chronic pelvic pain syndrome. Prim Care. 2010 Sep;37(3):527-46, viii. doi: 10.1016/j.pop.2010.05.002. PMID: 20705197.

c. Martinez-Bianchi V. The Emergency Physical. Fam Med. 2016 Sep;48(8):645-6. PMID: 27655200.

President-Elect 2023 - 2025