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Ecuadorian Martha Sola-Visner, MD is a leading researcher and physician in the Department of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, specifically in the Division of Newborn Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital.

A proud native of Guayaquil, Ecuador, Martha recalled with great excitement the dream that took her to Boston, Massachusetts, and how her drive and medical curiosity allowed her to help people and save lives.

Martha, an expert in Newborn Medicine, credits her current achievements to an international training program 20 years ago between the Santiago de Guayaquil Catholic University School of Medicine and Jackson Memorial Hospital at the University of Miami. “If you think about it, it was a simple international training program that only lasted 8 months, but it brought out in me an incredible passion that I still have,” Martha explains.

Martha is a fervent researcher, certified as a pediatrician with a specialization in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, a skill that in 2007 brought her to Harvard Medical School and the Division of Newborn Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital. “I am blessed to be working in an amazing institution, that has vast resources and is a world leading center of research,” she explained. “I spend 75% of my time doing research and 25% working with patients in intensive care.”

In addition, Martha indicated that she has worked supporting medical care for patients in need and has donated much needed medical supplies to health organizations in Ecuador. She also said that, if approached for future support to these communities, she would be more than happy to provide her medical expertise to any organization.

Despite all her success in the United States, for Martha it is important that her two children understand their Ecuadorian identity. “My husband and I make it a point to travel to Ecuador once a year,” she explained. “The kids love it, not only because they get to be with family, but also because they get to experience other regions of Ecuador – places like the Galapagos Islands, the Amazon jungle, and Quito, among so many more.”