Dr. Cristina Mata
Cristina Mata, MD, MBA, CPE, serves as Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Boca Raton Regional Hospital. She is a board-certified endocrinologist.
Dr. Mata earned her Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts (both cum laude) from the University of Miami, where she also received her medical degree from its Miller School of Medicine. She completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine, as well as a fellowship in Endocrinology, at the “U”’s Jackson Memorial Hospital and the Veterans Administration Hospital in Miami. Dr. Mata later earned a Master of Business Administration at the University as well. She certainly qualifies as a scholarly hurricane!
Cristina was born in Havana, Cuba and came to the United States with her family as political refugees when she was just three years old. They were sponsored by a church group in Brooklyn, New York, where her father was taken under the wing of a holocaust survivor and provided with employment, a car and apartment.
The family relocated to Miami when Cristina was in her early teens. Raised in a family that placed a high priority on education, and motivated by a desire to give back to her new country by becoming a professional that helped people directly, she dedicated herself to the academic pursuit of college and medical school.
Beyond her passion for her career, Cristina’s other love is music. She was trained in Tap, Jazz and Ballet and participated in a number recitals and parades – including the Orange Bowl with her dance group.
Twenty-five years ago at, ironically, a hospital charity ball, she met the man of her dreams, Fernando Mata, MD. With a blended family of five children – Crissy, Danny, Jesica, Fernando and Nicky, the Mata’s have been blessed with six grandchildren. Together, they enjoy music, travelling and spending time with family and friends.
Dr. Mata was the recipient of the Hispanic Women of the year Distinction Award in 2004 and has been listed in “The Best Doctors in South Florida” by Miami Metro Magazine. She has also been named a Women of Vision Honoree by the Weizmann Institute of Science.
Following in a long line of Ballroom Battle participants from Boca Regional, you can count on Cristina maintaining the Hospital’s tradition of success – both on the dance floor and in raising funds for the George Snow Scholarship Fund.