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Dr. Nestor Rodriguez to host panel on inequity in mental health


Emergency room physician Dr. Nestor Rodriguez will moderate a panel titled “Racial and Ethnic Disparities in mental health access, care and stigma in our communities” on Thursday, October 21, the second day of the fourth annual Wisconsin Leadership Summit.

The all-online Summit is the state’s premier professional development, networking and community building event. Registration is open now at WisconsinLeadershipSummit.com.

Dr. Nestor Rodriguez is a board certified emergency medicine physician and the Medical Director of Carbon World Health. He emigrated from El Salvador to the inner city of south central Los Angeles at the age of seven. Despite coming from a single parent Spanish only speaking home, Dr. Rodriguez successfully became the first person in his family to obtain a high school degree. He graduated from the prestigious Loyola High School in Los Angeles. He subsequently earned his undergraduate degree in the challenging field of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at Yale University. After graduating with honors and multiple academic awards, Dr. Rodriguez followed his dream to study medicine.

Dr. Rodriguez received his doctorate in medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, where he found a passion for sports medicine, cosmetic procedures, and emergency medicine. Thereafter, he was part of the inaugural class of the University of Wisconsin emergency medicine residency program. In 2010, after serving as a Chief Resident, Dr. Rodriguez joined the faculty in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Wisconsin as the Assistant Residency director. Within two years, he had already been nominated for the “Assistant Residency Director of the Year” award. In 2014, he was awarded the “Faculty Teaching” award from the Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors.

After a successful academic career, Dr. Rodriguez elected to go into private practice. During this time, he has been fortunate to travel and work with some of the top cosmetic, anti-aging, and sport medicine physicians in the country. From these experiences, he has developed a strong interest in developing an innovative and holistic approach to helping people look and feel their very best.

Joining Nestor on the panel are:

  • Rogers Behavioral Health Director of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Karen Nelson
  • Mental Health America of Wisconsin President & CEO Martina Gollin-Graves 
  • Serve2Unite cofounder Pardeep Singh Kaleka

The Wisconsin Leadership Summit will last five days and feature 25 panels on a range of issues, such as workplace diversity, education, health care, social justice and more. Registration is $49, with discount rates for nonprofit and government employees and students.