Speakers in the Tent
Conrado E. Barzaga, MD
CEO Desert Healthcare District and Foundation
Conrado E. Bárzaga, MD, is Chief Executive Officer at the Desert Healthcare District and Foundation. He is an internationally recognized public health leader with over 20 years of experience tackling public health challenges.
Since joining the Desert Healthcare District and Foundation in July 2019, Dr. Bárzaga has guided the District in achieving state accreditation from the California Special Districts Association and the Association of California Healthcare Districts. In 2020, he led the development of the Coachella Valley Equity Collaborative, which gained national and international media recognition for its emphasis on health equity during the COVID-19 response. He officially joined the Association of California Healthcare Districts Board of Directors in 2021.
Prior to joining the Desert Healthcare District and Foundation, he served for over seven years as President & CEO at the Center for Oral Health, where he raised over $21 million to support underserved communities’ access to healthcare. He also served in top leadership positions for LA County Commission on Children and Families, Planned Parenthood, and Sacred Heart University. Dr. Bárzaga has directed the development of public health programs in the U.S. and abroad. He is a fellow of the Global Child Dental Fund at King’s College, London, and a health leadership fellow of Coro, a leading nonpartisan public policy institution.
A native of Cuba, Dr. Bárzaga has extensive experience in philanthropy and international public health systems, such as developing the Community Health Infrastructure with the Bolivian Ministry of Health and Doctors without Borders. He earned his Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from the University of Havana in 1994.