Matheus Moreira Sanches Peraci
Matheus is a first generation immigrant from Brazil currently in second year of Medical School at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM), NY. Coming from humble beginnings, he has lived in Brazil, Mexico, Chile, and Panama before moving to the U.S.A and graduating Magna cum Laude with a degree in Applied Health Sciences with a minor in Political Sciences from Bowling Green State University (BGSU) in Ohio. During his time in South America, Matheus interned with the NGO Consumers International in Chile dealing with consumers rights all over the world. He also volunteered with multiple organizations including Crea+ where he taught English and Mathematics to children in low income schools. During his time in BGSU, Matheus was a tutor, part of the Bowling Green city’s Opioid Task Force and co-founded a chapter of Global Medical Brigades and Business Brigades at BGSU. Once in medical school Matheus helped establish a 3-D printing and Medicine Club, making and donating hundreds of PPE equipment to local hospitals during the COVID pandemic, and co-founded a local Spanish Health Clinic.
Matheus constant direct and indirect involvement with communities reflects his passion for Public Health and Human Rights. His struggles and achievements led him to be awarded the Volunteer of the Year National Award for Crea+ in Chile, two national awards through Sigma Phi Epsilon; Ruck Leadership Award and Tragos Quest To Greece Award, while also being recognized as a Top 10 Outstanding Graduating Senior at BGSU’s class of 2019. On his free time, Matheus focuses his passions (and frustrations) practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, meditation and mindfulness, and watching movies.