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A surgeon with a vision for Tennessee

I am a surgeon who has devoted my life to helping others through my clinic that was started 20 years ago from scratch with 2 employees.  The job of CEO, Doctor, Inventor, and Entrepreneur has given me real world experience in healthcare, education, business, foreign commerce, and immigration.
My parents are Hispanics that immigrated to this country to pursue the American Dream. They taught my brother and I that the power of the United States is liberty and opportunity to succeed no matter what your station in life if you have faith in God, work hard, and never give up no matter what obstacles you have to overcome. My older brother has served this country in the Army since ROTC in college. I started out as a Teacher like my mother and grandparents and went back to school to become an eye Surgeon and Researcher.
I did not think that I would be running for office but like many of you out there I grew tired of career politicians promising one thing and doing another.  After being encouraged by people I trust and my family I have decided to run for the U.S. Senate. My wife and I have three bright daughters that want to pursue the American Dream. But for the first time in American history people believe that the next generation will have it worse than the previous generation. We need to reverse this attitude by dealing with the  problems that need to be addressed immediately.

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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