Viviana Martinez-Bianchi was appointed as a member of the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition on March 24, 2023, for a 2-year term.
Dr. Martinez-Bianchi is a family doctor, an associate professor, and the Director for Health Equity at Duke University’s Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. She is Co-founder and Co-director of LATIN-19 (the Latinx Advocacy Team, and Interdisciplinary Network for COVID-19), a multisector group addressing Hispanic health during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. At the state level, Governor Roy Cooper (D-NC) appointed her in July 2020 to the Andrea Harris Social, Economic, Environmental, and Health Equity Task Force, and she served as a Latinx health advisor for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services during the pandemic response. Nationally, she chaired the Health Equity Team for Family Medicine for America’s Health. Internationally, Martinez-Bianchi was an Executive Member-at-Large of the World Organization of Family Doctors and its liaison to the World Health Organization from 2016 to 2021. Martinez-Bianchi has been the recipient of many awards, including the 2021 Marian Bishop Leadership Award by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Foundation, North Carolina’s 2021 Family Physician of the Year by the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians, and the 2022 Foundation for Health Leadership and Innovation Community Achievement Award.
Martinez-Bianchi sees patients at the Duke Family Medicine Center in Durham, North Carolina, and newborn health rounds at Duke Regional Hospital. Her work includes the full spectrum of ambulatory family medicine with an emphasis on prevention, chronic disease management, women’s health, prenatal care, addressing social determinants of health, and promoting understanding of health equity.