Executive Team

Carlos Vaquerano

Interim Executive Director
Mr. Vaquerano comes to this role as a long-time board member with more than ten years of experience as board president, a volunteer, and passionate advocate and activist for the issues we champion here, at Clínica Romero. Like so many of the patients we serve, Mr. Vaquerano came to the U.S. as an immigrant in 1980 seeking refuge from violence in his home country of El Salvador, and opportunities.

Dr. Sam Pierce

Medical Director, MD
Dr. Pierce brings over a quarter of a century of clinical experience working in diverse settings; He carries a humanistic, culturally competent, and patient-centered approach to medical care and administration. His unique abilities embrace twenty-first century technology in a down-to-earth, understandable manner while always remaining mindful that a key element in excellent patient care, is to care about the patient.

Dr. Rodney Samaan

Clinical Informatics and Innovation Director, MD
Dr. Samaan is a board certified Cardiologist who specializes in the prevention of coronary artery disease and venous disease. Dr. Samaan received his fellowship at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York City, and has performed his duties as a resident in both University Hospitals (Case Western Medical Center) and Rainbow Babies Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.

Isabel Cortez

Revenue Cycle Director, BA
Mrs. Cortez brings over 25 years of healthcare experience, working in multiple areas in operations from back office all the way up to her current title. She brings a broad array of individual and multispecialty practices, which include but are not limited to HMO, Commercial, and FQHC sectors. In the 5 years she has served as Revenue Cycle Director, Mrs. Cortez has increased our revenue by 45% by building new lines of business that would enable us to continue to grow throughout our community.

Maria Penate

Risk & Compliance Director, BA
With over 8 years of experience working in the hospital & health care industry, Ms. Penate is a skilled administrative professional with project and risk management experience. She is a University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) pre-medicine major, where she helped found the Parenting Students at UCLA (PSUCLA) program.

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