Dr. Erika Gonzalez, president and CEO of South Texas Allergy and Asthma Professionals (STAAMP), was elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the American Lung Association in Texas, effective today.
“I am honored to join the board of the Lung Association in Texas and help support the organization in its mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease,” Gonzalez said. “The programs and services of the Lung Association are so valuable to our community and are extremely relevant to our clinic’s mission to provide world-class care to improve people’s breathing,” Gonzalez added.
“With her insight and experience, Gonzalez will be an incredible asset to our local work at the Lung Association,” said Charlotte J. Maffia, executive director of the Lung Association. “Thanks to the service of Gonzalez and our other Local Leadership Board members, we are helping San Antonio residents breathe better.”
The Lung Association’s Local Leadership Board of Directors, which has 18 members, helps lead the organization in its mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. The purpose of the Board is to raise the Lung Association’s profile in the community, advocate for lung health, and increase resources to fund local programs and services. Board members impact the work of the Lung Association’s programs and services, public policy, research, and revenue generation.
Gonzalez previously served as the chief of the Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology division at the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio and was an associate professor of clinical pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. She is an adjunct clinical professor in internal medicine at the UTHSCSA and is actively involved as a community leader including serving on the Board of Directors for Centromed and as an advisor to the Dean of Science Engineering & Technology at St. Mary’s University.
She graduated Magna Cum Laude from St. Mary’s University, obtained her medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, and returned home after completing 10 years of Active Duty Service as a medical officer in the U.S. Air Force.
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to champion clean air for all; to improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and to create a tobacco-free future. For more information about the American Lung Association, which has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and is a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.