Rodolfo Hernández, the former director of the Hospital Nacional de Niños, has won the nomination of the Partido Unidad Social Cristiana. The physician received 77 percent of the vote, and his opponent, Rodolfo Piza received 23 percent.
The party held its nominating convention Sunday.
Hernández is a well-known public figure because he represented the hospital on television and on radio for years. He will face, among others, Johnny Araya of the Partido Liberación Nacional in the general election next February.
Unidad Social Cristiana has had success with medical professionals. Abel Pacheco, a psychiatrist, won the presidency in 2002.