Former UCLA Health leader joins Latino-focused telehealth startup started by Amazon vets

Sarah Lopez, MD, a former patient safety officer for Los Angeles-based UCLA Health, has joined Latino-focused telehealth startup Zócalo Health as its first chief medical officer.

The company was founded by two veterans of Amazon Care, the tech giant's now-defunct telehealth service for employers, and launched its virtual primary care offering in September with $5 million in seed funding.

"I'm proud to join a team that incorporates our community's values and traditions to make healthcare a more personal experience," Dr. Lopez said in a Jan. 25 company news release. "I couldn't be more thrilled to help expand and build a more equitable landscape for Latinos from the ground up."

She worked at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, Calif., from 2017 until January and practiced emergency medicine.

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