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Radiologist from Colombia takes to Twitter to share story of perseverance

Dr. Maddy Artunduaga uses social media to promote the benefit diversity plays in medicine.

Dr. Maddy Artunduaga, a Colombian native and daughter of two physicians, always knew she wanted to follow in her parents’ footsteps. Since high school she aspired to come to the U.S. to practice medicine. Now an Assistant Professor of Radiology at UT Southwestern, Dr. Artunduaga is grateful to work at an institution that acknowledges the importance of diversity.


- [Narrator] A simple scroll through Twitter.

- [Dr. Maddy Artunduaga] Came from Colombia 25.

- [Narrator] Motivated this native Colombian.

-[Dr. Maddy Artunduaga]  Hashtag Happy Immigrant Docs.

- [Narrator] To join in on the conversation.

- [Dr. Maddy Artunduaga] Well after reading many stories, I thought it was very inspiring because myself I'm an immigrant.

- [Narrator] As the child of two physicians, Maddy Artunduaga knew from a young age that she wanted to follow in her parents' footsteps. After completing medical school in her home country, she moved to the United States and began training in radiology.

-[Dr. Maddy Artunduaga]  And I thought that that was a great specialty for me because I'm a visual person, and also because I found it very interesting and stimulating intellectually to try to figure out what's going on with a patient, having a robust medical knowledge, and figuring out what an image can be.

- [Narrator] Specifically pediatric patients at UT Southwestern Medical Center and children's health.

- [Dr. Maddy Artunduaga] It's taking many years, and those years have been of hard work, dedication, and I've been fortunate to have encountered many mentors along the way.

- [Narrator] And she feels fortunate to practice at a place where diversity is celebrated.

-[Dr. Maddy Artunduaga]  When you are open to being diverse, it brings other thoughts and other ideas to the table, and I think at the end it just makes it better to have different perspectives from different people. I'm really happy where I am right now.

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