Dr. Amneris Luque hopes to make a difference for her Hispanic patients by advocating legislation that will give them better access to health care. In 2002, when she was given the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute Dr. Linda Lauberstein HIV Clinical Excellence Award, she was described as "an outstanding, compassionate HIV/AIDS practitioner... recognized among her colleagues as a consummate clinician and as a role model for setting standards of excellence in the provision of direct patient care."
Amneris Luque was born in Caracas, Venezuela, in 1953. From an early age she was curious and intrigued by science. After earning her bachelor of science degree from Colegio Santo Angel de la Guarda in 1970, She received her medical degree from the Universidad de Carabobo in Valencia, Venezuela, in 1976. She then completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Vargas Hospital-Universidad Central de Venezuela, in Caracas, and a fellowship in infectious diseases at State University of New York at Stony Brook, from 1982 to 1983.
Dr. Luque taught in the departments of Medicine and Oncology at the Universidad de Carabobo, from 1986 to 1988 and was an attending physician in Internal Medicine-Infectious Diseases at the Instituto de Oncologia in Valencia, Venezuela. Dr. Luque has taught at the University of Rochester School of Medicine in New York since 1989, where she is currently an assistant professor of medicine. Dr. Luque also serves as medical director at the Strong Memorial Hospital AIDS Center.
Dr. Luque is firmly dedicated to the rapidly changing field of researching and managing HIV infection, particularly in women. Luque has been a member of the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute's Medical Care Criteria Committee (MCCC) since 1996 and was elected vice-chair in July 2001. This committee, composed of recognized experts in clinical HIV care, is charged with the responsibility for development of standards of medical care for adults and adolescents exposed to, or infected with, HIV. Dr. Luque is said to have a talent for translating new developments into practical guidance and has been a major contributor to the guidelines for adults.
As chair of the Committee for the Care of Women with HIV Infection of the Department of Health, New York State AIDS Institute since 2001, Luque has made numerous presentations about managing the care of women with HIV and hopes to make antiretroviral drug therapy more widely available.
Since 1997, she has also served as a mentor and preceptor for several AIDS scholars in the AIDS Institute's Nicholas A. Rango HIV Clinical Scholars Program. Dr. Luque has been on the Advisory Committee since 1999. The Visiting Nurse Service in Rochester named Luque Distinguished Physician of the Year in 1995, and she was awarded a leadership fellowship by the National Hispanic Medical Association in 2000, which gave her a new perspective on the politics of health care and the possibility of changing lives through legislation.
Dr. Luque has raised two sons and, like many women professionals, has had to strive to balance her professional and family responsibilities.