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A surgeon with a vision for Tennessee

Many years ago I started writing about my experiences in business, politics, healthcare, and current events. My followers encouraged me to run for the US Senate.  I have traveled to all the counties in Tennessee delivering my message and people are responding.  Tennesseans are feeling the pain of an imploding healthcare system, weakened dollar, uncontrolled illegal immigration, opioid crisis, increasing welfare state, and more.  They feel like DC is out of touch with their everyday problems.  They are as frustrated as I am and want to take control of the situation.  They want to Drain the Swamp of career politicians and want citizen legislators who are not controlled by private interest.  I am fortunate to be an American and have worked hard to secure a comfortable life for my family.  But that isn’t enough for me.  I owe a great debt to this country and I will do all I can to make those opportunities available for the next generation of Americans.

My parents legally immigrated here fleeing Castro’s Cuba.  They chose liberty over a socialist government take over of their human rights.  They stressed to us the great opportunity that my brother, Lt. Colonel Ruben Toyos, and I had by being born here in the Land of the Free.  They worked hard accepting any job they could find to give us a chance at a better life.  Our struggle was not easy but we were driven knowing that the struggle for our relatives in a socialist country was much worse.  We know firsthand that what is being sold to the American people by the liberals as compassion is really a slow march to a failed country like Cuba and Venezuela.

Our campaign is gaining momentum the old fashion way – personal contact with my constituents.  Unlike my competitors I am not hiding behind a wall of surrogates and advertisements.  I am taking the tough questions and taking a stand on our toughest issues.  I am not a career politician but a father, surgeon, inventor, author, teacher, philanthropist, coach, small business owner, and international businessman.  You will not get political doublespeak from me but instead what I plan to do as your Senator.

I hope that you will stand with me and send DC the message that enough is enough and we need to get Back to the Basics.

I want to thank all those who have contributed to the campaign. Please consider contributing to the campaign at toyosforsenate.com.  Follow our journey at our Facebook page toyosfortennessee here Launch Facebook
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Background

Rolando Toyos, M.D. is the Founder and CEO of Toyos Clinic a medical and surgical eye care practice that was started in Tennessee in 1998.  The Clinic started with one clinic and 2 employees and quickly grew to 5 clinics across Tennessee and Mississippi winning the title of Inc. Magazine’s Fastest Growing Companies in the United States in the process.

 

Dr. Toyos was born in New York City and moved to Santa Rosa, California when he was 10.  He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from The University of California, Berkeley and Stanford University, where he was a straight A student and involved in campus politics and community outreach.  During that time, he coordinated events to raise money for A Safe Place, where victims of domestic violence could receive shelter and services. He also volunteered his time to tutor and coach at the local high schools seeking to inspire and educate underprivileged youth.  Before beginning medical school, Dr. Toyos worked as a full time high school science teacher and basketball coach. He was recognized with the National Teaching Award from Columbia University for his science curriculum development and his work with at-risk children.

 

Dr. Toyos received his medical degree at the University of Illinois where he was Class President and a James Scholar.  He continued his work in the community and received an award for his work with the Chicago City Public Schools developing a pre-med program for students interested in medicine.  During that time, he was active in the Republican Party and worked as an Election Judge in his local precinct.

 

He completed his internship in Internal Medicine at Illinois Masonic Hospital in Chicago. He served his Ophthalmology residency at Northwestern University.  Dr. Toyos continued his work helping all pre-med students overcome barriers and realize their dreams of becoming a doctor by tutoring, lecturing, and writing a best selling book for Pre-Med students still in print today, The Insider’s Guide to Medical School Admissions.

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The brother of Dr Toyos, a decorated servicemen in the United States Military

Dr. Toyos believes it is important to be involved in the community. He won The Humanitarian Award by the Jazz Foundation of America for providing free surgical care to displaced victims of Hurricane Katrina.  His wife, Dr. Melissa Toyos who also is an award winning Ophthalmologist and partner at the clinic, started the non-profit organization Toyos Foundation to provide free health care to the underserved and provide funds to schools to assist in their mission to relieve suffering and promote education especially in health care.  He and his wife volunteer their time to Eye Care America, a national program that provides eye care to the poor. The clinic has completed mission trips to Nicaragua, Honduras, Columbia and Haiti. Dr. Toyos has been a board member of Ballet Memphis and the Memphis Rock & Soul Museum.  He is a current board member of The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

 

He has won many business and community awards including: CEO of the Year Inside Memphis Business, Leadership Award from National Hispanic Professional Organization, Ronald Reagan Award from the Shelby County Young Republicans. The Memphis Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Memphis Finest, and most recently, Entrepreneur of the Year by the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

 

For fun, Dr. Toyos loves spending time with his wife and three girls.

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