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Fundacion Araucaria Board of Directors


Carlos Akel, MD

  • Cardiologist
  • Graduated at University of Chile
  • Fellow, American College of Physicians
  • Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Chile
  • Past President, Chilean Society of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery
Luis F Avendaño 1

Luis F. Avendaño, MD

  • Pediatrician and Virologist
  • Professor, School of Medicine, University of Chile
  • Past Chief, Department of Microbiology and Parasitology, University of Chile
  • Honorary Member, Chilean Academy of Medicine

Jorge Bianchi, MD

  • Ophthalmologist, School of Medicine, University of Chile
  • Former Chief Department of Glaucoma and Faculty, University of Chile School of Medicine, Barros-Luco Trudeau Hospital
Cale Bradford 1

Cale Bradford

  • White Oak Capital LLC, Chief Government Relations Officer, Elara Caring
  • Board Member, Thompson Foundation for Autism
  • Board Member, Central Bank of St. Louis
Camila X Romano 1

Camila X. Romero, MD, MPH

  • Certified, American Board of Lifestyle Medicine
  • ABPM, Specialist in Public Health and General Preventive Medicine
  • Assistant Clinical Professor, University of California, San Diego, Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health & Human Longevity Science
Tomas Romero 1

Tomás Romero, MD

  • Founder and President, Fundacion Araucaria Foundation
  • See below for further information

About Our Founder

Professional Associations

Dr. Romero is certified by the American Boards of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases, and Interventional Cardiology.

He is also a fellow with the following:

  • American College of Physicians
  • American College of Cardiology (Emeritus)
  • American Heart Association (Emeritus)
  • Society of Cardiac Angiography and Interventions

Institutional Associations and Activities

Dr. Romero has worked with several institutions in San Diego. These include Scripps Health Care, Sharp Health Care, and the University of California, San Diego.

It is here where he has been a faculty member, involved in teaching until recently. He was also the Chief of Cardiology and Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center from 1987 to 2007. He most recently served as a member of the Sharp Health Care Institutional Review Board from 2012 until 2022.

In 1994, Dr. Romero founded Fundacion Araucaria Foundation in San Diego, California, a non-profit organization to support research and education in prevention of heart disease.

Speak With Our Experienced Team

Get in touch with us today if you require resources and information about cardiovascular disease prevention, or if you are interested in the services of our organization.