I celebrate my Latina heritage every day as a proud Panamanian, and I appreciate that Hispanic Heritage Month is a time carved out in the busy year to really shine a light on the amazing accomplishments, contributions, and experiences of Hispanic and Latino people.
My heritage contributed to my strong desire to establish a career that would allow me to help my community and stomp out baseless prejudices. I am also sensitive to the racism in the roots of U.S. medical education, and the implicit and explicit biases toward minoritized patients that can develop over the course of medical training and practice. I chose a career in medicine and specifically in pediatrics to improve the health of all children, and I am especially committed to inclusion and amplification of Latino voices — for those who are patients and research participants, as well as health care providers, educators, and leaders.
— Dr. Cristina Fernandez
NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital