In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, ABC7 recently shared the inspiring personal journey of pediatrician Dr. Edith Bracho-Sanchez. As the director of pediatric telemedicine at NewYork-Presbyterian’s Ambulatory Care Network, Dr. Bracho-Sanchez treats children through all developmental stages and supports families, many of whom live in the Bronx and are Latino.
“I feel so fortunate that I get to serve Latino families and their children as my job,” says Dr. Bracho-Sanchez, who is also an assistant professor of pediatrics at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. “I always knew I was going to work in the community that I came from. It was literally the reason I became a doctor. At NewYork-Presbyterian, I found an institution that aligns with what I want to do in my life.”
Dr. Bracho-Sanchez’s own immigrant story helps her connect to her Latino patients and families. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, her parents moved to Florida when she was 14 years old, returned to Venezuela for two years, and then moved back to the U.S. in 2008 when Venezuela descended into an economic and political crisis.
“On any given week, you couldn’t find eggs, or you couldn’t find milk, at random times the power would go out,” Bracho-Sanchez told ABC7. “I don’t think people realize when you haven’t lived in a condition like that, how much energy it takes to just work through the unpredictability of life.”
Her personal experiences inspired Dr. Bracho-Sanchez to a pursue a career in medicine when her family moved back to Florida. She chose pediatrics because she wanted to make a difference early in someone’s life.
Today, she is motivated by her steadfast belief in helping others and supporting the Latino community.
“There is something that brings us together. Our culture, our heritage definitely brings us together, but we don’t always have the time to really sit down and discuss it,” Bracho-Sanchez shared with ABC7. “It’s really just so meaningful. And I’m so grateful that I get to do this job.”