Raul A. DeLa Cadena, assistant dean and director of the Recruitment, Admissions and Retention (RAR) Program at Temple University School of Medicine, has been selected one of the “Delaware Valley’s Most Influential Latinos” for 2012. He was selected for the honor by the Most Influential Latinos Foundation, whose mission is to support and encourage Latino leadership and empowerment. Dr. DeLa Cadena will be recognized, along with the other honorees, at a Gala Dinner and celebration on Nov. 29 in Philadelphia.
As director of Temple’s RAR Program, DeLa Cadena works to enhance the recruitment of underrepresented minorities to the School of Medicine. The primary purpose of the RAR Program is to help Temple identify, enroll, retain and graduate physicians from such backgrounds to infuse diversity into the healthcare workforce in the profession of medicine both regionally and nationally.
DeLa Cadena also serves as professor of physiology and holds a faculty appointment at Temple’s Sol Sherry Thrombosis Research Center. His research focuses on the pathophysiology of diabetic retinopathy and rheumatoid arthritis.