BioDr. Maria Portela is the Chief of the Family Medicine Section within the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Medical Faculty Associates at George Washington University (GWU). She is also the Medical Director of the George Washington Immediate Primary Care Clinics. Through this role she works towards expanding the footprint of Primary Care and Family Medicine at GW and the Medical Faculty Associates to improve access and quality of care in the community as well as to increase family medicine exposure and mentorship opportunities for students. Maria is an Assistant Professor at the School of Medicine, where she serves as a Professional Development Mentor and a Public Health Mentor at the medical school.
She is passionate about increasing access and quality of health care services to vulnerable populations, and about teaching, mentorship, diversity and inclusion.