TBLAMS Xmas Gala 2021

TBLAMS IS A Philanthropic, Not for profit Society of Hispanic Physicians IN THE TAMPA BAY AREA

Una Asociación filantrópica, Sin Fines de Lucro compuesta por Doctores Que Hablan Español en el área de Tampa Bay.

OUR MISSION: WE are Advocates for Supporting Latinos in the Medical Profession

Tampa Bay Latin American Medical Society (TBLAMS) is a philanthropic society of Hispanic physicians that helps the Latino community and secures the future of the next generation of  health care providers by funding the USF Latino Scholarship. Based in Tampa Bay,  Florida, our charity sponsors the University of South Florida (USF) Morsani College of Medicine Latino Scholarship and the USF TBLAMS Endowed Scholarship. We are also a professional society, sponsoring academic activities for our members.

La Asociación apoya la comunidad hispana mediante becas en el campo de la salud en un acuerdo colaborativo con la Escuela de Medicina Morsani de la Universidad de South Florida (USF).

How we Do It:

To continue funding our scholarships and promote our rich culture and camaraderie, we hold many fundraising events through the year. We promote family-oriented activities as a way to mantain our traditions through events such as "Fiesta de Reyes" and "La Noche de San Juan". Explore our website to learn more!

Para financiar las becas y fortalecer nuestra herencia cultural, desarrollamos un sinnúmero de actividades de recaudación en un ambiente de camaradería. Promovemos la integración familiar como manera de preservar nuestras tradiciones con eventos tales como la Fiesta de Reyes y La Noche de San Juan.

We Are Bilingual

Somos doctores de habla hispana en Tampa Bay. Médicos que apoyamos nuestra comunidad con actividades filantrópicas, educativas y sociales que preservan nuestra lengua, nuestra cultura y que promueven la salud en la comunidad hispana.

tblams yearly events


 Fiesta de Reyes

TBLAMS General Assembly


 St. Valentine Dinner  

MAY 14,2022

 Charity Golf and Tennis Tournament at Saddlebrooks Resort

JUNE  2022

Noche de San Juan Beach Party* 

*Members and their guest only

SEPTEMBER 2-5, 2022

 Labor Day CME Conference and Family Weekend at the Don Cesar Hotel


Christmas Gala with Live Latin Band This is a members and their guest only event. Date and venue TBA

Through the year we also plan smaller events such as tertulias or happy hours

TBLAMS Family Trips: This annual event will come back as COVID situation improves




TBLAMS Golf and tennis charity tournament May 14, 2022 at Saddlebrooks resort

four men playing golf
four men holding a tennis racket

Golfers and tennis players get ready for this fun event. We will be offered special room rates for those wanting to spend the night. Details coming soon.

tblams news and photo galery


It is with great sadness that we announce the untimely death of one of our beloved members, Dr Carolina Samper Peña. She was a great doctor and a wonderful human being. She was also a very successful TBLAMS president. She will be missed dearly. Here is a picture of her and her husband, Dr Max Peña, at the Valentine dinner this past February. R.I.P Carolina.

Her memorial service will be held on Sunday March 27 at  the Gonzalez Funeral Home at Dale Mabry from 3-6 pm. The family wishes that in lieu of flowers to give donations to the TBLAMS USF Latino Scholarship or to the Colombian Volunteer Ladies of Tampa Bay. See below if you wish to donate.




The general assembly was well attended. New members for the board of directors were elected. TBLAMS wants to welcome Dr. Nicole Hernandez, Dr. Stanley Denison and Dr. Lourdes Rodriguez to the 2022 board of directors.  We want to thank the service of retired board members for their service and support. Those retiring were Dr. Wilfredo Lorenzo, Dr. Jorge McCormack and Dr. Julio Gonzalez. Thank you for your service!

The members voted to create a new position of Executive Director which will oversee the daily operational and accounting duties of our society under the guidance of the president and the board. TBLAMS is proud to announce that Ms. Adrianne Pagan, CPA has accepted this challenge.



Adrienne Pagán was born and raised in Tampa Bay, where she attended Tampa Catholic High School and went on to the University of South Florida to earn her bachelors and master’s degree in accountancy.  She then spent 4 years at Price Waterhouse Coopers, the largest accounting and professional service firm in the world serving several Tampa based healthcare and financial service clients.   In 2008 she joined Emotive Medical Solutions, a Tampa based medical billing company.  Today she is the owner and President, and her company manages various aspects of the practice and revenue cycle for dozens of Tampa Bay physicians.  She is happily married with three amazing children.  Adrienne has a long history with the Society; with her mother, Mayra Perez, having previously served as Secretary over 15 years.  Adrienne is excited to continue in the footsteps of her mother, is proud to be part of this organization, and looks forward to serving TBLAMS for years to come..

Welcome on board Adrianne!


This event was  another resounding success. Our celebration was dampened by the passing of one of our members, Dr Julio Valdes. Please watch this video remembering Dr Valdes during our dinner.

TBLAMS Christmas Gala December 10, 2021 at the Florida Aquarium.

Over 100 guest attended this beautiful event at this beautiful venue. Our society was able not only to meet our pledge of $8000 to the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine Minority scholarship, but we were able to triplicate this pledge and present a $25,000 check to USF Health. This was possible thanks to the support of our members and our sponsors.


 TBLAMS wants to thank all of those who participated but we want to give a special thanks to our sponsors:


Sanofi Genzyme


Infectious Disease Associates of Tampa Bay



Lilly USA

Eli Lilly and Co.


St. Joseph's Hospital Main





Biohaven Pharmaceuticals


Bristol Meyers Squibb

Coastal Jaw Surgery


Janssen Pharmaceuticals

Kowa Pharmaceuticals America


Novo Nordisk

Option Care

Pediatric Cardiology Associates- Mednax Group

Tampa General Hospital

Tower Imaging


Cano Health



Pictures of the welcoming reception and conferences. Pictures of the other social events are posted in the Members page. Also, Dr Margarita Cancio's COVID-19 Update slide show is now posted in the member's page,.


Meet the tblams Usf Health morsani COLLEGE of medicine minority scholarship recipient


Hello, I am George Padilla. I graduated from USF and am now in my second year at MCOM. The Tampa Bay Latin American Medical Society has made a great impact on my ability to achieve the goals I have set for medical school and beyond. With my parents being the first in our families to graduate elementary school, I sometimes find it challenging to keep up with peers who have access to resources such as generational wealth and family doctors to help them with their studies. Scholarships like the TBLAMS USF Health Minority Scholarship help to level the playing field by alleviating the strain of purchasing extra practice exams, study resources, and equipment. This allows me to dedicate my time to my passions of learning medicine, conducting clinical research, and serving our communities with limited access to healthcare.

meet our new USF Latino scholarship scholarship recipient

Hello everyone! My name is Paolette Pimentel and I am a junior at USF majoring in health sciences with a concentration of health administration and biomedical science. 
I am a dual citizen in the United States and Dominican Republic. 
I am currently working at Tampa General Hospital. 
My career goal is to become a pediatric physician or a surgical physicians assist.
I wanted to thank you all for helping me achieve my dream and believing in me ! 
I couldn’t do it with all of you! 

meet our new usf latino scholarship recipient

Hi! My name is Gloria Flores, and I am the daughter of two amazing and hardworking Mexican immigrants. I am an undergraduate at the University of South Florida majoring in Health Sciences with a minor in Infection Control. My aspiration is to one day become an epidemiologist and utilize my skills and knowledge to help minorities receive the health care they need and deserve. When I’m not studying or in class, I love to spend time with my family and friends, go on hikes, and play soccer.

Become a Part of Our Organization

We invite you to come and join our society! You’ll find a group of physicians who are passionate about our community, our  heritage and the profession we belong to.

Le invitamos a unirse a nuestra Asociación. Somos doctores de habla hispana en Tampa Bay que tenenos la pasion de servir a nuestra comunidad y de preservar nuestra cultura.