Gilbert Salinas is chief clinical officer at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center. A national leader in violence prevention and youth and patient advocacy, he served on the planning and peer review committee for the U.S. Surgeon General’s groundbreaking report on youth violence. Salinas was the 2013–2014 Kaiser Permanente Safety Net Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.
- What do you consider your greatest achievement so far?
My greatest achievement and honor so far has been working with underserved communities. I’ve had the opportunity to work with patients with highly complex needs, people with disabilities, and at-risk youth ages 12 to 24. I am thankful for the lessons I have learned and the love these communities have shown me.
- What’s your first health-related memory?
Riding in an ambulance after being shot in the stomach. I asked the emergency medical technician if I would live or die. He responded with great compassion, kindness, and attentiveness, telling me, “You will live, but you have to keep talking to me.” He was right.
- What’s your secret vice?
When I can’t make it to the gym, my secret vice is to watch brainless television while I work out at home. I usually lie on my living room floor and combine yoga moves with some work with dumbbells. This allows me to decompress and laugh out loud while I work on my physical strength.
- What life experience has taught or changed you the most?
My experience living in Cambridge for a year as fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. I had the chance to live with people from all over the world, learning about their cultures and health care systems. I also spent time learning from professors at Harvard.