Dr. Vilma Vega is a board-certified infectious disease physician and a certified HIV specialist. She also is a certified personal trainer and certified health and wellness coach. She has a degree in ministry.
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.
Fluent in English and Spanish, Dr. Vega has been involved in clinical research trials for more than 20 years. 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.
Dr. 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.
After her residency and fellowship in infectious disease, Dr. Vega joined Infectious Disease Associates in Sarasota, Fla., in 1995, continuing her efforts to fight the disease that ravaged so many. She served as the medical director for the Community AIDS Network Clinic in Florida and also as a clinical research director for the Infectious Disease Associates Center for Clinical Studies.
Dr. Vega believes strongly that “God is the eternal healer. He is the divine healer.” She uses medicine as a tool to love people like Christ loved others.
A native of Peru, Dr. Vega felt a call to missions since childhood. Her experience during her first mission trip in 2005 led her to co-founding Hearts Afire in 2006. The Sarasota-based non-profit organization sends doctors, nurses, ministers and others on short-term humanitarian mission trips to Africa, Asia and Latin America.