Welcome to UVA Pediatric Gastroenterology. I am a native Puerto Rican and finished my medical training at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine followed by a pediatric residency at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. I chose UVA because it is an excellent academic center that provides great exposure to both hepatobiliary and GI pathology. The pediatric GI faculty is an excellent group of physicians who are not just very knowledgeable but also amazing teachers and mentors. Charlottesville, although small, has a good culinary and wine scene.
On my interview day at UVA, I immediately felt at home and welcomed. The strength of the fellowship program was evident when talking with pediatric residents who had nothing but positive things to say about the GI department. Both Craig and Esthermari spoke highly of all the attendings and vast opportunities to learn procedures. The UVA campus and Charlottesville have a southern charm that I found intriguing. Coming from Chicago there is nothing that quite compares to the history and beauty. Also, being from the Midwest where there are no mountains, I look forward to hiking with my Australian shepherd, Lacy. For me, UVA felt like the perfect fit because of the heavy procedure focus, opportunity to pursue my interest in Eosinophilic Esophagitis research, and the approachability of everyone within the GI department.
Welcome to UVA Pediatric Gastroenterology! I was raised in Miami, Florida where I completed my medical school training at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at Florida International University. My pediatric residency training was at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. My fellowship interview day at UVA was during the COVID pandemic but despite the virtual platform, the friendliness and supportive nature of the faculty was readily evident. I immediately knew I would be able to find the mentorship that I was seeking here, and I am excited about the many opportunities for research and a wide range of clinical pathology. I am looking forward to getting to know Charlottesville more and am already impressed with the breathtaking views and abundance of nature.