Dr. Jorge A. Motta (MD, MPH) began his academic career at Georgetown University, then continued his post-graduate education at Yale University (MD,MPH), and completed his training in internal medicine and cardiology at Stanford University. Since 1977, he has practiced cardiology in Panama. Dr. Motta served as Director of the Gorgas Memorial Research Institute from 2004 to 2008. He has occupied the positions of President of the Panamanian Academy of Medicine and Surgery, President of the Panamanian Association for the Advancement of Science and Governor of the Central American section of the American College of Physicians. From 2009 to 2011 he chaired the Joint Committee of the Special Program for Research and Education on Neglected Infectious Diseases. He was awarded the James D. Bruce Memorial Award by the American College of Physicians in 2010, the President’s Global Leadership Award by the University of South Florida in 2014, and the University Prize 2014 which is the highest recognition given by the University of Panama. Motta is a researcher at the Gorgas Memorial Research Institute and has participated in more than forty publications in indexed journals. His recent research has focused on the genetic origin of the Panamanian population and epidemiological studies related to cardiovascular disease and cancer in Panama. He is currently the National Secretary for Science and Technology for the Republic of Panama.