Dr. Vilma Vega received her medical degree from the University of Illinois, where she developed a passion to practice infectious disease. During her training at Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami, she felt a strong calling to care for HIV/AIDS patients at a time when it was not popular.
Dr. Vega is Board Certified in Infectious Disease and also certified as an HIV/AIDS specialist. She has been a physician with the Infectious Disease Associates in Sarasota since 1995, Director of Infectious Disease Associates’ clinical research division for many years, and prior Chief Medical Officer at CAN Community Health.
A native of Peru, Dr. Vega is an internationally known speaker on various subjects, including infectious diseases and HIV/AIDS as well as faith-based subjects, such as global missions, integrating medicine and faith and the role miracles play in medicine.
Dr. Vega is also a personal trainer, health and wellness coach, and has a degree in ministry. She provides coaching and mentoring for physicians, CEOs and others by providing direction and support to promote their health and principles of wellness in their lives and careers. In addition, Dr. Vega is co-founder of Hearts Afire, a Sarasota non-profit that provides short-term humanitarian mission trips including doctors, nurses, ministers, and others to Latin America, Africa and Asia.
Dr. Vega is fluent in both English and Spanish. She has served on various pharmaceutical advisory boards and speakers’ bureaus on the subject of HIV. She was a 2008 recipient of the Frist Humanitarian Award.