Sergio Trejo, Jr., MPH

Sergio Trejo Jr. is a 4th year medical student at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and current Chief Financial Officer for the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA)-West Region. He was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada where he did all his education there up until 2016 when he graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Upon graduating, he started a brief journey in dental school, which he discontinued when he realized that he was not passionate about the career. Deciding to explore other interests, he continued his education at the University of Nevada, Reno in 2017 by pursuing a master’s in public health with a focus on epidemiology, which he earned in 2019. During this time, Sergio had the opportunity to work as a Spanish interpreter at a community health center in Las Vegas, conduct research in rural China on social health determinants among adolescents, and was a graduate assistant and mentor for an innovative program that aims at inspiring low-income Spanish/English bilingual students to pursue careers in STEM. This, combined with his experience in growing up in a low-income household in a medically underserved area in Las Vegas, has instilled a desire in him to alleviate health disparities among underserved populations, especially those that face prominent language barriers. After working with Dr. Crystal Castaneda and Dr. Jose Cucalon-Calderon, local Pediatricians in Reno, Nevada during his third-year clerkships, he discovered that Pediatrics is the avenue he will take to pursue this goal. Sergio has been involved with the LMSA since 2018, where he served as a liaison between his graduate assistantship and his medical school, co-chair for UNR’s LMSA Chapter, LMSA Liaison for Nevada’s inaugural National Hispanic Medical Association Chapter, Vice President of Scholarship for the LMSA West region, and finishing his tenure as the Chief Financial Officer. Sergio looks forward to working with passionate individuals to make lasting impact on vulnerable populations in the West coast and beyond.