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Arabian Gulf University, Manama, Bahrain, 2011
Abdul Alarhayem attended medical school at the Arabian Gulf University Bahrain where he topped his class for 6 consecutive years, attaining his degree in 2011. He worked as a research assistant at an Immunology lab for 3years, publishing his work in peer reviewed journals and winning an award for best scientist at a regional conference. Abdul has a great passion for teaching; having started a series of weekly lectures and exam reviews for fellow colleagues during his 2nd year of medical school. Future plans include possibly pursuing a cardiothoracic fellowship after residency. A big fan of desert trekking and camping; family plays a pivotal role in his life.
MD, Belarussian State Medical University, Minsk, Belarus, 2004
Dr. Babayeuski is a native of Minsk, Belarus. He graduated from Belarusian State Medical University and received his medical degree in 2004. He completed his intern year at the Minsk Regional Clinical Hospital in 2005 and passed the certification exam. Dr. Babayeuski has been working as a general surgeon since August, 2005. He passed the Board Qualifying Exam: 'Surgery' in 2008. He is interested in pursuing a fellowship in Advanced Laparoscopy and aiding in medical education throughout his career.
Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 2011
Dr. Beretta graduated 32/234 from Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in May of 2011. As a medical student, Amanda volunteered in community service programs in Dothan, Alabama by providing health care screenings to children and providing tips on healthy living to adults and volunteered at the Shelby County Health Department in Pelham, Alabama. She is currently a traditional rotating intern in Danville, Virginia. Amanda enjoys cooking, baking, reading, and crafts in addition to spending time with friends, family, and traveling.
MD, UT School of Medicine San Antonio, San Antonio, TX, 2011
Brandon was born to a working class family in Sour Lake, TX. As the second of five children, he was the first in his family to attend college when he enrolled in Lamar University. It was here that he decided to pursue a career in medicine. Brandon began volunteering at the local hospital and, under the guidance of the trauma surgery team, chose to become a surgeon. After graduating from UTHSCSA School of Medicine, he stayed to complete a residency in General Surgery. Married with two young boys, Brandon spends most of his free time teaching his boys to play the guitar and dreaming of forming a family rock band.
Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN, 2012
Dr. Cardenas was born in Houston, TX and raised in Miami, FL. She graduated from the University of Miami in 2005 with a B.S in Microbiology and Immunology. Having trained as dancer for most of her life, she took a leave of absence during her studies at the University of Miami to perform in NYC in the Broadway show '42nd Street: The Musical'. In 2007 she was accepted into Meharry Medical College School of Medicine and graduated in 2012 with her M.D as well as her M.S in Biomedical Sciences. During her matriculation at Meharry she received honors and awards including The Pfizer Minority Medical Scholarship and induction into Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Outside of work she still enjoys dance, boating, traveling, being on the water, hot weather and Brazilian soccer. Dr. Cardenas is looking forward to learning and growing through her training experiences in the Department of Surgery at UTHSCSA.
Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, 2012
Dr. Leah Chodroff grew up in York, PA before graduating from Kenyon College with a BA in Chemistry. Before starting medical school she worked in Washington, DC at a firm doing research for the health care industry. She graduated from Drexel University College of Medicine in 2012. During her medical school career she volunteered at the Eliza Shirley Women's Shelter clinic, helping underprivileged women and children on a weekly basis. She also had the opportunity to travel to northern India for a summer and provide medical care for the villages in the base of the Himalayas. Leah is interested in colorectal surgery, and hopes to continue reaching out to under-served populations throughout her career.
Catholic University of Cordoba, Faculty of Medicine, Cordoba, Argentina, 2010
Dr. Antonio Covarrubias grew up in Mission Viejo, California and by the age of 10 his family moved to Cordoba, Argentina. He pursued a medical degree at the Catholic University of Cordoba, completing his degree in December 2010. Antonio is interested in Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine and on his own time he loves to play soccer, go snowboarding and eat "ASADOS" (BBQ) with friends.
MD, Universidad del Zulia, Venezuela, 2008
Dr. Febres was born and raised in Valera, Venezuela. He graduated in 2008 from medical school at La Universidad del Zulia in Maracaibo, Venezuela. After graduation Dr. Febres worked for a year in underserved areas, doing his Social Service in a small fishing village. His interests are acute care, critical care and colorectal surgery. He enjoys soccer, jogging and spending time with his wife.
Escuela de Medicina Ignacio A. Santos, Monterrey, Mexico, 2009
Dr. Evaristo Fernandez was born in Mexico City, Mexico. He received his medical degree in 2009 from the Escuela de Medicina Ignacio A. Santos in Monterrey, Mexico. For his year of social service, Dr. Fernandez was granted authorization by the National Health Department to work on a research project related to obesity and heart disease. This is awarded to 1% of all the graduates in Mexico every year. After graduation, Dr. Fernandez continued to be involved in research by pursuing a Master's in Science degree at the Tecnológico de Monterrey. He completed his graduate training in 2010 with his thesis, 'Cardiac function may be impaired by elevated cytokine levels in abdominal obesity'. He likes playing golf, soccer, tennis; is a big fan of F1 racing and Notre Dame football, and loves spending time with his wife and daughter.
UT School of Medicine San Antonio, San Antonio, TX, 2011
Dr. Garcia graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. As a medical student, she volunteered in the office of academic enhancement as a Spanish tutor for medical students. She also tutored high school students in science. Furthermore, she participated in Medical Missions and conducted toy drives for children in Mexico. She is goal oriented and perseverant. Dr. Garcia enjoys outdoor activities, movies, cooking, spending time with her family and traveling to new places.
MD, University of of Baghdad College of Medicine, Baghdad, Iraq, 2011
Dr. Hassan graduated from Baghdad College of Medicine in 2006. Living in Baghdad during the height of the war was very dangerous and caused Dr. Hassan many hardships, but he persevered and had a very successful academic career there. Due to safety concerns, Dr. Hassan was forced to relocate to Amman, Jordan, where he finished his internship at Jordan University Hospital. He then got the opportunity to come to Texas to participate in an elective course at Texas Heart Institute and there he became increasingly interested in surgery. Most recently, Dr. Hassan spent 2 years at Texas Children's Hospital as the Pokorney Clinical Research Post Doctoral Fellow of the Division of Pediatric Surgery, Michael E. Debakey Department of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine. There he has written and published numerous studies that have been presented at local, national and international meetings. His interest now lies in pursuing a career in Pediatric Trauma Surgery. He is an avid basketball player, billiard enthusiast, and new fan of everything 'Texan', including horseback riding. He also enjoys writing Arabic poetry.
UT School of Medicine San Antonio, San Antonio, TX, 2012
Dr. Hsiung grew up in Potomac, Maryland and then moved to Austin, Texas to complete her undergraduate degree at the University of Texas at Austin with a Plan II, Honors Liberal Arts, degree. Upon graduating, she worked as a medical assistant in the Internal Medicine Department at the Austin Diagnostic Clinic in Austin, Texas for two years before earning her doctorate degree with distinction in research from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, during which time she also completed a two-year non-profit leadership and public service training program in Southern California She is interested in cardiothoracic and transplant surgery. She enjoys traveling and photography; playing volleyball and biking; reading mystery novels and biographies; and spending time with friends and family.
University College of Medical Sciences, Dilshad Garden, Delhi, India, 2011
Dr Sumit kumar graduated from University College of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, University of Delhi, India. As a medical student he volunteered in the community service programs, providing primary health care to low income families of the slums of Delhi. He worked with PAHAL a student organization working to provide health education and awareness to the underprivileged section of the society with special emphasize on the care of under five kids and women. He participated in World Health Organization supported Pulse Polio Mission of Govt of India, that included establishing and managing outreach booths to provide safe vaccination. He loves outdoor activities, and has participated in competitive sports like cricket and volleyball for his school and college team. He likes to spend his free time with his family and friends.
MD, Universidad Panamericana, School of Medicine, Mexico City, Mexico, 2008
Dr. Leon-Becerril native of Xochimilco (Mexico City), Mexico, received his MD degree in 2008. In 2007, he finished 1 year of rotatory internship at Dalinde Medical Center; during this year he visited Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center at Methodist Hospital in Houston, TX, and the Nephrology and Gastroenterology department at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL. After his internship, in 2008 he finished one year of Social Service in one of the poorest regions in Latin America – 'The Mountain Region' – in the state of Guerrero, where he was the primary care physician of the Rural Clinic located in the town of Tlaquiltepec. During that year, besides giving primary care to the inhabitants of the community and taking care of the medical emergencies, he developed strategies to improve quality of healthcare and prevention of highly prevalent medical issues among the community, especially against dengue fever. After medical school he was a Visiting Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Methodist Research Institute where he was involved in cardiovascular surgery, transplant and assist devices clinical trials. Currently Dr. Leon-Becerril works as a Surgical and Research Assistant of a plastic surgeon in Mexico City. His major interests in the surgical field are cardiac and vascular surgery. He loves spending time with his wife, family and friends; he also is a huge fan of soccer, snorkeling, hiking, road trips and cooking.
University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Ft. Worth, TX, 2012
Dr. Lewis was born and raised in Austin, Texas. He graduated Cum Laude from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2008 with a B.S. and M.S. in neuroscience. Afterwards he attended University of North Texas Health Science Center - Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. During his time there he was award a position on the Dean's List and Sigma Sigma Phi Honor Society. Remaining involved in his community he volunteered throughout Fort Worth, TX and received 2 separate T.O.U.C.H awards for exceptional time spent volunteering. In 2012 he graduated and began a preliminary surgical intern position. He is excited about his future surgical career and also enjoys cycling, discovering fine local cuisine, cooking, and spending time with friends.
MD, Universidad de Carabobo, Valencia, Venezuela, 2001
Dr. Marcano graduated in 2001 from Medical School at the University of Carabobo, Valencia, Venezuela. Worked for a year in a undeserved area and then completed General Surgery Residency at the Venezuela's Central University in Caracas. As Chief Resident he co-author several papers and received awards from the Venezuelan Oncology Society and Venezuelan Surgery Society. In 2011 He completed a year of training at the Non-Accredited Cardiovascular Surgery Fellowship of the Texas Heart Institute in Houston, Texas. Dr. Marcano enjoys family, sport and music.
American University of the Caribbean, 2011
Dr. Falon Martinez-Perrin was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. She graduated cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Martinez- Perrin received her medical degree from the American University of the Caribbean in December 2011. Her interests in the surgical field are trauma and breast oncology. Falon enjoys traveling, cooking, diving, yoga and spending time with her friends and family.
University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Ft. Worth, TX, 2012
Dr. Devlin McCormick D.O. graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2004, he went on to earn a masters in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. in 2005. After his masters, he spent 3 years at Baylor Regional Medical Center of Plano as an orderly in the OR and as an anesthesia tech. From there he attended the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth and graduated in 2012. As a medical student he was a member of the honors service club Sigma Sigma Phi, and served as the Surgery club president where he helped coordinate the students in the annual Cowtown marathon, coordinated several suture clinics, and attended the national surgery conference in Chicago in 2010. He enjoys all outdoor activities, played goalie for the Notre Dame water polo club team, and is an avid wakeboarder and enjoys volunteering with habitat for humanity in his spare time.
Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC, 2012
Dr. Spencer Kim Miller graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in Political Science and then earned his MD from Wake Forest University School of Medicine. While an undergraduate, Spencer completed a four month, unpaid internship for the March of Dimes in Washington, DC, serving as the organization's representative on various health care panels such as the Fetal Infant Mortality Review Board and DC quit-smoking steering committee. He also organized a lobby event to the city council that helped raise awareness of, and ultimately pass a bill for, expanded newborn screening. As a medical student, Spencer was very involved in Operation Smile serving in various capacities in the school's student club from member-at-large to president and organizing fund raising events and volunteer opportunities; he was privileged to participate on an Operation Smile mission trip to Chinandega, Nicaragua, which has helped him to determine what kind of surgery he would like to ultimately practice. Spencer's long-term goals include a career full of medical mission trips and later running for political office as he feels that physicians are inadequately represented in the public realm. Spencer enjoys the team environment of medicine and strives hard to excel at new challenges. When not working, Spencer enjoys spending time with his wife and learning how to cook a new recipe or (when possible) reading a nice thick novel.
San Juan Bautista School of Medicine, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2012
Dr. Molina was born in Miami, Florida and raised in the Pacific coastal City of Guayaquil, Ecuador. During his early years he spent most of his time under his Father's tutelage acquiring his love of people, medicine and surgery. As a young man, he worked as a volunteer at "El Tren de la Salud" a medical-relief organization that reached with free medical aid the most rural and poorest areas of the Ecuadorian Amazonia. These early experiences were instrumental to shape his character and strengthen his desired to follow medicine as his career of choice. Dr. Molina moved to the U.S. to begin his undergraduate education at the University of Maryland. Then, he received his MD degree from the San Juan Bautista School of Medicine in Puerto Rico, graduating with Summa Cum Laude Honors in the class of 2012, therefore, becoming the fourth generation of his family to have attained the Doctor of Medicine degree. While in medical school, he held many leadership positions such as President of the Student Government Association and the Cardiothoracic Surgery Interest Group at his school, to name a few. During his senior year, he gained valuable surgical knowledge and experience as an Sub-Intern at Michael E. Debakey Department of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, as well as at the Cardiovascular and Thoracic Department at the University of Texas Southwestern. Furthermore, during his clinical year he had the opportunity to work and develop a research-oriented mentality by working with U.S. leading cardiovascular investigators. He has presented cases at International conferences and is currently working on major journals publications. Dr. Molina's main interest are in cardiac and vascular surgery. Besides medicine he loves spending time with his lovely wife Cristina, movies, soccer, ice hockey and dinning out or cooking at home for friends and family.
St. George's University School of Medicine, Grenada, West Indies, 2011
Dr. Patel grew up in Boston, Massachusetts. He completed his undergraduate from Boston College earning a double major in Biology and Chemistry. After finishing his undergraduate, he was accepted to the MD/MPH program at St. Georges University in Grenada. During his MPH practicum, he coordinated World AIDS Day in Grenada. For World AIDS Day, he organized a World AIDS Day Walk around the town of St. Georges and helped implement health fairs with HIV testing in eight districts of Grenada. During medical school, Dr. Patel tutored anatomy to incoming medical students. During his final year of medical school, Dr. Patel did 3 months of research with an orthopaedic faculty at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases. After medical school graduation, Dr Patel moved to San Antonio and did a year of orthopaedic research fellowship at UTHSCSA in the Department of Orthopaedics. In his free time, he enjoys working out, playing tennis and participating in outdoor activities with his family and friends.
Fundacion Universitaria de Ciencias de la Salud, Bogota, Colombia, 2008
Alejandra attended to medical school at Fundacion Universitaria de Ciencias de la Salud in Bogota, Colombia. After graduating from medical school she did her Social Services in her home town Ibague, Colombia, where she developed an increasing interest in communitarian service. She served with a 'nonprofit' organization to bring medical help to poor and remote communities in Colombia. Beside surgery, Alejandra enjoys eating dessert, knowing different cultures and languages, and spending time with her loved ones.
Universidade Federal Do Rio Grande Do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil, 2009
A native of Porto Alegre, Brazil, Dr. Piccinini spent his childhood in Cambridge, England. During medical school, he was heavily involved in research, receiving scholarships for research in vascular surgery and physiology. He participated for six months in the William Harrington Medical Training Programs at the University of Miami, Florida, and completed a sub-internship in Plastic Surgery at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, bringing him into contact with the cutting-edge of plastic surgery. After graduation, Pedro gained valuable experience working in clinical research trials in Brazil and helped bring emergency healthcare to underserved populations through work in public acute care centers. His interests include endovascular and other minimally-invasive surgical approaches. In his free time, he enjoys tennis, swimming and photography.
Shifa College of Medicine, Islamabad, Pakistan, 2008
Dr. Adeel ur Rehman graduated with honors from the Shifa College of Medicine, Pakistan. Dr. Rehman grew up in Islamabad, state capital of Pakistan. He has won enumerable scholarships throughout his academic career. He has a passion and obsession for cricket and has played at highest national level as a youngster. He loves to travel around the world and meet people of various cultures and traditions. He also likes photography and cooking. As a medical student, he did rotation and research at Johns Hopkins School of medicine in cardiovascular medicine. He was involved in a lot of volunteer clinical work during massive earthquake that jolted Pakistan in October 2005. His clinical clerkship at Mayo hospital Lahore, one of the largest level 1 trauma centers in South-East Asia sealed the deal of becoming a surgeon. Dr. Rehman was also involved in elective rotations in Pediatric cardiovascular medicine and surgical ICU at Harvard Medical School, Childrens Hospital Boston. After graduating he joined Department of Surgery, NYU School of Medicine as a post-doc research fellow. His work has been published in the leading journals in medical science including gastroenterology, Journal of clinical investigation and Journal of experimental medicine. He would like to pursue his career in surgical oncology after completing his surgical residency. His diligent and productive efforts in the lab have proven his mettle as a gifted, insightful, industrious scientist and thinker. His diversity of life experiences have helped him realize that he absolutely do possess the determination, resilience, mental strength and compassion to succeed as a valuable member of a medical team. He anticipates the challenges and undiscovered opportunities yet to come with unbridled enthusiasm; indeed, on his road to surgery, it is not the destination but the journey that inspires him most of all.
Universidad Evangelica de El Salvador, San Salvador, El Salvador, 2003
Dr. Noe Rodriguez received his MD degree from the Universidad Evangelica de El Salvador and graduated with the highest honor as Valedictorian of his class. As a medical student, he volunteered in rescue efforts in the aftermath of El Salvador's earthquakes in 2001, providing emergency and trauma care to affected families. This experience motivated him to pursue skills to conduct trauma-related research in Albany Medical Center in Albany, NY, and Duke University, Durham, NC. He completed his postdoctoral research fellowship in burns and critical care at the University of Texas Medical Branch and Shriners Hospitals for Children, Galveston, TX. He trained and has done research to improve care of burn patients worldwide. He has published basic science and clinical research in ICU resuscitation, wound infection, metabolism, nutrition, scar development, and rehabilitation. He has had the privilege to present the results of his research in national meetings across the United States and has recently co-authored a chapter on Metabolism of Surgical Patients in the 19th edition of the Sabiston's textbook of surgery. During his residency training, he aspires to truthfully embrace clinical and academic challenges and see them as opportunities to improve patient care.
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Galveston, TX, 2008
Dr. Jorge Serrato grew up in Laredo, Texas. Jorge attended Texas A&M International University for his undergraduate degree in Biology. Jorge attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, completing his degree in 2012. During medical school, he participated in multiple volunteer activities. He was a part of Frontera de Salud, student run home visits and well women exams to residents in rural areas of the Texas Valley. He also participated in Hands and Feet, which consisted of missionary trips and a free student run clinic to the community of Laredo. Additionally, Jorge enjoys playing soccer. He played in multiple teams during medical school and has been playing since he was 4 years old.
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Galveston, TX, 2008
Dr. Todd Stewart graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio in 2012. As a medical student he volunteered with community service projects at Alpha Home, the SAMM Shelter, and Haven for Hope. Additionally he was an elected representative of his Student Government and was responsible for the reinstatement of several interdisciplinary programs at UTHSCSA. Todd also has a large interest in research and was privileged to present his results on the nociception of several sarcoma cell lines to the American Medical Association. Todd looks forward to the challenges and new opportunities that the next several years will bring him. Todd enjoys all aspects of the outdoors and likes to play ultimate Frisbee when time permits.
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine, Lubbock, TX, 2012
Shari Vance Lawson grew up in Austin, TX. She attended Abilene Christian University for her undergraduate degree in Theatre. She attended medical school at Texas Tech HSC in Lubbock, completing her degree in 2012. Shari is interested in plastic surgery and plans to pursue mission work.
MD, Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine, Bayamon, Puerto Rico, 2011
Dr. Vega-Bonet was born and raised in Rincon, Puerto Rico. She obtained a Bachelors of Science in Industrial Microbiology from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campu; graduating with Magna Cum Laude honors in 2007. Then, in 2011 she received her MD from the Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine at Puerto Rico and was selected as a member of the Gamma Chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Throughout the course of her studies, Yatzmellie spent time serving her community and volunteering in health care fairs with organizations such as the Association of Students of Medicine of Puerto Rico (AEMPR), 'Iniciativa comunitaria-Medicina Urbana' and Aguada Presbyterian Church. Her current professional interests include performing breast cancer research and pursuing fellowship training in surgical oncology. Besides medicine, she enjoys spending time with her family and loves to cook, write and skate.
Urology Preliminary Residents:
Aashish T. Kabra, MD
MD, Albany Medical College, Albany, NY, 2012
Dr. Aashish Kabra attended an accelerated B.S./M.D. program. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Albany, NY. As a medical student at Albany Medical College, he pursued research in neurology and urology. His research projects included depression screening in spina bifida patients, laser lithotripsy energy usage for kidney stones, and searching for bladder cancer tumor markers. Aashish has always enjoyed educating children especially with the use of modern technology and robotics. He has helped establish math and science camps for kids in the upstate New York area and in Hawaii. Aashish enjoys the blend of creativity, innovation, and perfection that surgery brings. He enjoys almost any sport, especially tennis and golf.
Ashley N. Nava, MD
MD, University of Texas School of Medicine San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, 2012
Dr. Nava was born and raised in Victoria, Texas. She moved to San Antonio in 2004 to attend St. Mary's University where she earned a B.S. in Biochemistry in 2008. She went on to attend UTHSCSA for medical school, earning her M.D. in May 2012. Dr. Nava is excited to begin her training with the UTHSCSA General Surgery program.
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Residency Program:
Critical Care (Trauma) Fellowship:
Mentor H. Ahmeti, MD |
MD, University of Tirana, Albania
Residency, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center – El Paso
Dr. Ahmeti was born in Kosovo, Yugoslavia , where he started his medical school at the University of Prishtina. Due to the war in Kosovo, Dr. Ahmeti transferred to Albania and obtained his medical degree at the University of Tirana. After medical school, he returned to Kosovo to start his internship in the surgical field. Dr. Ahmeti then moved to the United States to pursue his surgical training where he started as a preliminary resident at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) in El Paso. He continued his residency at TTUHSC to complete the five year program. Dr. Ahmeti is currently a Surgical Critical Care Fellow at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio with expected completion in June 2013.
Olliver Nunez-Cantu, MD |
MD, Military Medical School of Mexico, Mexico
Residency, University of the Army and Air Force, 2009
Dr. Nunez-Cantu was born in Guerrero, Mexico. He is a Major in the Mexican Army. He earned his medical degree Cum Laude from the Military Medical School in the top 2% of his class. In 2003, he received an Academic High Performance Diploma from the National Assessment Center for Higher Education in his country. Dr. Nunez-Cantu completed his General Surgery Residency in 2009 from the University of the Army and Air Force and was selected as the best surgeon of his class receiving the Chief of Residents Award to complete an extra year of training as General Surgeon in the Central Military Hospital in Mexico City, the Mexican Army's highest attention level hospital. After that, he received a scholarship from the Mexican Army to travel to San Antonio and join UTHSCSA for training in Trauma Surgery. Dr. Nunez-Cantu has spoken in several forums in his country. He is an enthusiastic surgeon who enjoys teaching and taking part in trauma courses. His major interests in the trauma surgery field are 'Trauma Systems' and 'Penetrating Trauma'. Dr. Nunez-Cantu loves spending time at home with his family, and he likes playing soccer, running, and playing guitar. He is currently a Trauma Surgery Fellow with expected completion in June 2013.