Dr. Erika Gonzalez

President/ CEO at STAAMP Allergy

Dr. Erika Gonzalez is CEO/President and founder of South Texas Allergy and Asthma Medical Professionals (STAAMP) and of STAAMP Clinical Research. She served as the Chief of the Allergy, Immunology and Rheumatology division at the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio where she established the department and served as an Associate Professor in Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine.

She is an Adjunct Clinical Professor at the UTHSCSA and continues to mentor fellows at Wilford Hall Ambulatory Care Clinic. Dr. Gonzalez is a native of San Antonio and graduated magna cum laude from St. Mary’s University. From there she attended the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston where she obtained her medical degree and went on to complete her Pediatric Residency at Keelser Air Force Base in Biloxi, MS.

Dr. Gonzalez specialized in Allergy & Immunology completing her fellowship at Wilford Hall Medical Center where she then joined the teaching staff. She is dual board certified by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Board of Allergy & Immunology. She served 10 years in the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged in the rank of Major after receiving the Meritorious Service Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal.

She returned to her hometown of San Antonio after completing her military career and has been actively involved as a community leader. She serves on the Board of Directors for Centromed and Central Catholic High School and is an Advisor to the Dean of Science Engineering and Technology at St. Mary’s University. She chairs the Mayor’s Commission on Status of Women and sits on the Linear Creekway Parks Advisory Board for the COSA. She is Chair Elect for the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and also Chairs the Health Care & Bioscience Committee. At the state level, she’s on the Board for the Texas Allergy Society and on the Stock Epinephrine Committee with the Texas Department of State and Health.

She is a recognized national thought leader in her field and is a frequent national speaker as well as has published numerous articles. Through her volunteer efforts she works tirelessly to decrease health care disparities and increase access to quality medical care. She offers free asthma and health screenings at various community health fairs in the community. She is huge advocate for mental health as well as food allergy anaphylaxis. She recently received city funding to pilot a Home Health Care Interventional Asthma Program to help under served areas and high risk children.

Dr. Gonzalez became actively engaged in politics recognizing that public health impacts all aspects of the economic health and well-being of a community. She is an advocate for the development of policies that will support public health including women’s health care issues and mental health. She is dedicated to making a difference in her community and has tried to broaden her platform by being involved as a Director of the Texas Lyceum and as a National Committee member for Latino Victory Project. She was recently selected as a 2019 Presidential Leadership Scholar.

Her passion and determination for improving her community draw her to mentor other women who are interested in medicine and other Latinas seeking higher education. Dr. Gonzalez is the mother of two young boys and considers this her most important role. She is committed to teaching her boys the value of service to the community and integrity in all they do. Her sons continue to be her biggest inspiration to giving back to the community in the hopes that they will grow up in a world where diversity is not only respected but also celebrated.

Other Speakers from the IRDD Summit 2020

Dino Farina

Founder and CEO at Proveris Scientific

Jan De Backer

Chief Executive Officer at FLUIDDA Respiratory Solutions

Jeffry Weers

Chief Technical Officer at Respira Therapeutics, Inc.