Call: (760) 323-2118
8am to 5pm Monday - Friday

Call: (760) 323-2118
8am to 5pm Mon - Fri

Care Team

The Desert AIDS Project Care Team is staffed by astute, compassionate healthcare professionals who lovingly support the healing process of each unique patient.

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Hector Paul Vizoso


Managing our day-to-day clinical operations and ensuring everything runs smoothly in the health center falls under the purview of Hector Vizoso, who prides himself on being a creative problem solver and leader, adept at managing projects and people while providing support and promoting a cohesive team environment. A few of his other responsibilities include ensuring standards of care, mentoring and coaching nurses, and making sure we are adequately staffed.

After receiving a bachelor’s degree in Medical Sociology from Hunter College in New York— graduating cum laude with departmental honors—Hector headed west and became a Registered Nurse at Monterey Peninsula College. He later received his Master of Science in Nursing Administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills.

Hector has also stood on the teaching side of the college podium—first as an Assistant Professor at San Francisco State University, teaching a practicum in Nursing Fundamentals, and later at the University of Phoenix, teaching Evidence-Based Nursing Research & Practice. His clinical and academic experience has led him to contribute to a variety of research projects, as well as journal articles and abstracts.

After extensive participation on the study of medical marijuana, Hector presented “Vaporization as a Smokeless Cannabis Delivery System: A Pilot Study to the International Association for Cannabis as Medicine” in Leiden, Netherlands in 2005. And for five years, he was Research Nurse Clinician/Study Coordinator at the University of California, San Francisco where he was responsible for independently managing medicinal marijuana studies for HIV and cancer patients, including on-site monitoring, funded by the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research.

Hector is a member of a number of professional societies including the Association of Nurses, the Oncology Nursing Society, the Honor Society of Nursing, and the International Association of Clinical Research Nurses. He’s also volunteered at Magnet in San Francisco where he worked as an RN and HIV Counselor.

“I am respectful, empathetic, care about patients’ problems, and I work with them to find solutions.”