In college, I wasn’t certain that I wanted to become a physician. But as a Peace Corps volunteer, I worked as a community health promoter in a small village in Nicaragua and realized that I could have a real impact on people’s lives.
Dr. Babacar Cisse immigrated to the United States from Senegal with just $26 in his pocket and a lesson from his parents to always give back. Now a neurosurgeon, Dr. Cisse heeds those words in every interaction with his patients.
In Spain, philosophy is a required subject in high school; the idea is that training people to be good citizens involves the ability to question our basic beliefs and assumptions. I am the daughter of a coal miner, and my siblings and I were the first in our family to go to university.
As a Cuban immigrant, Dr. Fernando Martinez seized opportunities the United States afforded him. Now a pulmonologist and parent, he’s dedicated his career to helping others, and has inspired his children to do the same.
Endocrinologist Jason Baker can uniquely relate to his patients: Like them, he lives with type 1 diabetes. Now, he’s doing all that he can to make a difference in the lives of his patients in New York and the developing world.
Geriatrician Dr. Karin Ouchida loves hearing people’s stories. She listens to her patients and is often amazed by their resilience—just as she felt learning the stories of her family, Japanese Americans sent to internment camps during WWII.
Dr. Carl Crawford’s passion for medicine has deeply personal roots. Watching his father — an Olympic boxer from Guyana who seemed invincible — battle colon cancer inspired Dr. Crawford to treat his patients with the same thoughtful care he would have given his dad.
“When I took parasitology in my second year of medical school, I was surprised to learn that there were so many diseases that were major causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide that weren’t major problems in the U.S. I ended up going to Brazil to study mucocutaneous leishmaniasis.
A third-generation physician with family roots in Barbados, Dr. Phillips, an assistant professor of medicine, focuses her research and clinical practice on a deadly blood cancer that disproportionally strikes Caribbean natives.
Dr. Christopher Barbieri was the type of kid who would press every button in the house, much to his parents’ chagrin. Ultimately he learned to put that inquisitiveness to good use as a doctor and scientist, and discovered a new form of prostate cancer.