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Meet the Team

Dr. Santiago Hernández

Santiago Hernández, M.D.

Santiago Hernández, M.D.

Medical Director

Dr. Santiago Hernández is a native of Chicago having grown up there since the age of 2 when his family emigrated from the state of Michoacan, Mexico, where he was born. He attended Indiana University where he received his B.A. in Spanish and Biology. Having lived in the Chicagoland area for more than 30 years makes him a unique and effective communicator and healthcare provider in both English and in Spanish. His years of training in the U.S. make him exceptionally familiar with the U.S. healthcare system and those standards of care have allowed him to develop not only a solid knowledge base but also a keen sense and intuition of what the needs and expectations of American and Canadian patients may be.

Receiving his medical training in Mexico and in the U.S., no language or cultural barriers exist while patients are under his care in the Chapala Lakeside area or in the event of hospitalization in Guadalajara. His years of training as a medical interpreter and 4 years in Family Medicine makes him exceptionally familiar with the standards of care in the U.S. healthcare system without losing sight of the care and compassion that has come to be recognized of the healthcare system in Mexico.

Dr. Hernández, being an EXPAT himself, has a solid knowledge base and a keen sense and intuition of the needs and expectations of the AMERICAN and CANADIAN Expat community of Jalisco when it comes to their healthcare needs. These personal and professional assets have positioned Chapala Med as the GO-TO practice for EXPATS living in the Chapala Lakeside area and Guadalajara.

Hospital Country 2000Chapala Med is affiliated with Hospital Country 2000 in Guadalajara where Dr. Hernández enjoys hospital privileges.

Providing healthcare access to those who cannot afford it is one of the ways Dr. Hernández gives back to the community. Dr. Hernández has been an active member of the Rotary Club of Ajijic since 2013 and currently serves as the organization’s Past President. In addition, he provides free healthcare to members of the TEPEHUA community in Chapala Jalisco as well as to 105 students that are in the PATHWAYS SCHOOL SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM (part of OPERATION FEED). Maxwell Magazine has profiled Dr. Hernández in several issues. The articles can be read here.

During his free time Dr. Hernández enjoys partaking in fitness activities, running, photography, tango dancing, cinema and organizing networking events for the local EXPAT communities of Chapala and Guadalajara.


Training & Experience

AAFP (American Academy of Family Physicians)
Current member since 2012

Second Post-Graduate
Family Medicine Externship
Mannheim Medical Franklin Park, IL
August 2010 November 2012

First Post-Graduate
Family Medicine Externship
Aurora Medical Clinic Aurora, IL
March 2008 – July 2010

Medispa Physician
Medical physician for Steiner Leisure aboard luxury cruise liner. Facial rejuvenation specialist. Trained and certified by Dr. Brad Herman at Miami Plastic Surgery in the use of Botox Cosmetic and Hylauranic acid dermal fillers.
May 2008 – September 2008

ECFMG (Educational College of Foreign Medical Graduates)
U.S. Board Certification

Medical and Legal Interpreter
Certified by Joint Commission to provide Spanish Medical and Legal interpretation primarily in various clinical settings around the Chicagoland area.

Mexican Licensure (Titulo and Cedula Profesional)

Medico Cirujano (Medical Doctor and Surgeon)
Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara

Bachelor Degree in Spanish and Biology, Premedical Studies
Indiana University, Bloomington IN

Dr. Marco González Barba

Marco González Barba, M.D.

Marco González Barba, M.D.

Medical Services Coordinator

Dr. Marco González Barba is Chapala Med’s Medical Services Coordinator and Geriatrician.

Dr. González is a native of Valle de Guadalupe, Jalisco. He graduated with his Medical Surgery degree from the Autónomic University of Guadalajara and recently completed his training in Geriatrics.

He placed SECOND in the National Board Examination. (Feb. 2022). It is a privilege to have such a gifted young doctor on our team of doctors.

I trust that our patients will appreciate his calm, soft-spoken demeanor and his firm grasp of his broad base of medical knowledge and the english language along with his warm bedside manner.

He sees patients in Ajijic on Tuesdays and at our Guadalajara offices the rest of the week.

Training & Experience

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Chapala Med Sur

Suite 4, 5th Floor
Medical Specialties Building

Hospital Puerta de Hierro Sur
Avenue Adolfo López Mateos Sur #1401
Tlajomulco de Zúñiga, Jalisco, 45640

Telephone: (376) 766-4435
Cel: (333) 950-9414
Urgent: (331) 605-9645

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