2004 Inductee - Dr. Félipe de Jesús Dominguez

2004 Inductee - Dr. Félipe de Jesús Dominguez

Science and Health

The poor, minorities & children may have the most need of medical care, but often get the least. But they have access to excellent medical care, if they have a doctor like Felipe Dominguez. “I am most proud of having taken care of some of our community’s poorest and sickest children at San Joaquin General Hospital for almost 20 years and for standing up for children in court, testifying on behalf of children for literally hundred of cases for over 20 years.”

Felipe has been the chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at San Joaquin General Hospital since 1998. He has also been a staff Pediatrician and Director of the Cross Cultural Medicine program at Kaiser Permanente in Stockton. “I have taught Residents, Interns and Medical students not only pediatrics, but how to deliver care in the most culturally sensitive way possible.”

He is also the co-founder and Medical Director of the Child Advocacy Center of San Joaquin County. The center is a free standing facility dedicated to the evaluating of children who are the victims of physical or sexual abuse. “I never get tired of helping children. If I seem to have an overabundance of love to give to children…it is only because I was given surplus of love as a child.”

He was on the board of the San Joaquin County Child Abuse Prevention Council in 1998-1992. Felipe has been a clinical professor in the Family Practice Department at the University of California at Davis medical school since 1998. He served the renowned Su Salud Health Fair as a member of the board of directors since 1985. Su Salud helped over 20,000 people every year of its existence. He has been served as a board member for six years; two as vice president and two as president for the Concilio.

Felipe is sought after as a lecturer. He has spoken at universities and medical conferences throughout California and in Washington, D.C. “Lecturing statewide and nationally on Cultural Competency and Medicine” is also something that makes him proud.

This hall of fame induction isn’t the first recognition of his achievements. The Stanford of Medicine gave him a “Centers of Excellence” grant in 1999. He earned a SERTOMA Community Service Award. The San Joaquin A+ Organization named him Physician Executive of the Year in 2001 for his involvement in the “Reach out and Read” program. Kaiser gave him “Every Day Hero Recognition” in 2003.

Education is another of his causes. He has “mentored junior high, high school, college and medical students to help them attain their goals and education.” He has also been credited with “advocating literacy for all children thru early exposure to books.”

“The best things I ever did and am most proud of are my daughters, Gabrielle and Micaela. I have had the pleasure and gratifying experience of having babies that I took care of now bringing their children to me to take care of, seeing one generation into another. My most simple philosophy is that we are all but children. It is up to the bigger ones to take good care of the smaller ones.”

“I have traveled widely in the world, always drawn to local healers and learning their ways. I have studied / apprenticed with Navajo Medicine men for 32 years. I consider myself a truly fortunate and blessed man because of my family, and my career, which suits my personality and interest so closely.”