As a child, Wendy Gómez García accompanied her mother to bring donations to the oncology area of Dr. Robert Reid Cabral Children's Hospital, which brought her into direct contact with children who suffered from cancer and taught her to empathize with the mothers caring for their little ones. From that moment on, she dreamed of helping those children so they could play and be healthy and happy. Later, during her university studies, she volunteered at the Children's Hospital and the Oncological Institute, thus beginning her journey in the branches of medicine that would become her areas of focus.
Dr. Gómez-García earned her medical degree magna cum laude in 2004 from the Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. After finishing her medical degree, she worked in Dajabón, a province on the border with Haití, in a primary care clinic, interacting with the people of Haiti from whom she learned customs and culture.
Dr. Gómez-García completed her residency in pediatrics in the same hospital where she had visited as a child and volunteered as a student. Upon completion of residency in 2008, she was selected for a postgraduate fellowship in Pediatric Hemato-Oncology in Guatemala City, an experience that would set in motion the passion and axis of her life. In that setting, she first learned about the global vision of an institution that was going to change her life: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Dr. Gómez-García currently works in Dr. Robert Reid Cabral Children’s Hospital where she is the Oncology Unit coordinator and leads the first Onco-Pediatric Palliative Care program in her country. She also serves as the Pediatric Center Director of the National Cancer Institute Rosa Emilia Sánchez Pérez de Tavares (INCART). Dr. Gómez-García is the main clinical advisor for the National Strategic Plan for Childhood Cancer of the Dominican Republic, which is in the process of being launched and implemented, to improve the early detection and timely treatment of children and adolescents in the Dominican Republic through a comprehensive approach, protocolized care, and strict control of case registration at the national level.
“The Master of Global Child Health will have direct applicability to the aim of continual improvement of attention to child health and to pediatric oncology patients in the Dominican Republic, providing academic and technical support for improvement projects related to childhood cancer as well as the work in progress on the National Plan for Cancer of Boys, Girls and Adolescents in the Dominican Republic (PENCI-RD). I have the vision of continuing to grow professionally and, by acquiring new strategies and knowledge, continuing to enrich the Dominican health system so that children and adolescents are positively impacted. For sure, I will represent my country with dignity in the face of this new challenge.”
Hometown: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
MD – Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (2004)
Fellowship, Hematology-Oncology – Universidad Francisco Marroquín, Unidad Nacional de Oncología Pediátrica (UNOP), Guatemala (2012)
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