Inspirational Stories

Here we interview international medical graduates to learn about their journeys, including struggles and exciting moments. We hope everyone can feel inspired by their stories and believe in their dreams

Dr. Isadora Mathias 

Dr. Isadora Sande Mathias was born and raised in the diverse city of Salvador in Bahia, Brazil, where she completed her medical school in 2017. She finished her internal medicine residency at the Cleveland Clinic, and is currently a cardiology fellow at the Houston Methodist Hospital. 

Dr. Isadora has always been upbeat, outgoing, making friends everywhere, and thus interested in connecting with people from different backgrounds and cultures. In her free time, she likes to cook and try new restaurants with her friends and her boyfriend Gui. She also likes to practice yoga, hik, and run outdoors.

Dr. Aditya Shah 

Dr. Aditya Shah attended medical school in Mumbai, India. He is currently an Assistant Professor in Medicine at the Mayo Clinic. His research and career interests include antimicrobial stewardship and diagnostic stewardship, particularly in critically ill patients. 

In his free time, Dr. Shah enjoys baseball, soccer and cricket. He believes in fitness and making healthy life choices. He confesses he will travel for food and experiences. He strongly believes that humor is the best way to make an important point. 

Dr. Rafael Malgor 

Dr. Rafael Malgor graduated from the Universidade de Taubaté in 2003 and finished his general and vascular surgery residency at the Faculdade de Medicina de Botucatu (UNESP) in Brazil. He then moved to the USA for a research fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN and later completed his vascular surgery Integrated 0+5  residency at Stony Brook University. Dr. Malgor served as an assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma and Eastern Virginia Medical School before he became an Associate professor of Surgery at the University of Colorado in the Anschutz Medical Center. 
He is a Program Director of the prestigious Robert B. Rutherford independent fellowship program and integrated residency in vascular surgery, which he started in 2020. His research and clinical interests are primarily focused on investigating pathophysiology and treatment of thoracoabdominal, thoracic, and abdominal aortic aneurysms and dissections.