Dr. David E. Hayes-Bautista is currently Professor of Medicine and Director of the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He graduated from U.C. Berkeley, and completed his doctoral work in Basic Sciences at the University of California Medical Center, San Francisco. He served on the faculty at the School of Public Health at U.C. Berkeley until 1987, when he took his current position at UCLA.
He has an important voice in the statewide and national dialogue concerning the provision and access to health care. Dr. Hayes-Bautista is the faculty advisor for the UCLA/Drew chapter of the Latino Medical Student Association, the pre-medical group Chicanos/Latinos for Community Medicine (CCM) and is a senior advisor to the California Latino Medical Association. Dr. Hayes-Bautista’s research appears in a variety of medical journals including Family Medicine, the American Journal of Public Health, Family Practice, Academic Medicine and Salud Pública de México. Some of his published books include The Burden of Support: Young Latinos in an Aging Society, Healing Latinos: Fantasia y Realidad and La Nueva California: Latinos in the Golden State. Dr. Hayes-Bautista writes columns for the Los Angeles Times and La Opinion, and is often asked to provide opinions on radio and television in both Spanish and English.
His most recent book El Cinco de Mayo: An American Tradition is published by U.C. Press. Dr. Hayes-Bautista is also producing a documentary on the true origins of Cinco de Mayo holiday. During the 2011-2012 academic year, he will be taking his research on Cinco de Mayo to selected colleges and universities through the Cinco de Mayo University Speaker Series. For the past four years, he has been chosen one of the 101 Top Leaders of the Latino Community in the U.S. by Latino Leaders Magazine.