March 26, 2018
After Hurricane Maria tore through Puerto Rico, many felt helpless. But a few brave souls knew that complacency was not an option, and headed directly to the storm-ravaged island.
Dr. Angela Maria Caba, a Medical Director at CityMD was one of these heroes. And not surprisingly, she has been showing bravery her entire life. A single mom, she completed medical school, became a doctor in Emergency Medicine and Family Practice, and can now proudly say her son is going to college. Dr. Caba proves that “no dream is too big.”
Dr. Angela Caba (AC): Coming to the U.S. from the Dominican Republic at a very young age, my family eventually moved to the Bronx when I was seven years old. I grew up mostly around Puerto Ricans and developed many close relationships with individuals from the Island. I felt like I was giving back to people who are like family. I was also inspired by my desire to help people during times of need. I truly believe that to whom much is given, much is expected.
(AC): For me, the most important part is to set an example for other women, especially immigrants, reminding them that “no dream is too big.” As a single mom, I hope I can inspire other single parents to balance their personal life and careers. Because if I could accomplish my dreams they can as well.
(AC): I admire my mother the most. She raised eight children coming from a very small country town in the Dominican Republic, and provided for us here in the US. She taught us to be strong, independent, loyal and kind.
(AC): The patients inspire me. The ability to heal people and help someone who is in need. Also being able to meet so many people from such diverse backgrounds throughout Brooklyn, Staten Island, Manhattan and the Bronx.
(AC): I love the quote from Eleanor Roosevelt, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. The ability to pursue your dreams and not feel that you are less than anyone.”
(AC): That I was able to complete medical school, a dual training in Emergency Medicine and Family Practice, provided medical care in the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Puerto Rico through humanitarian work and have taken on leadership roles all as a single mother. I am also proud to say that I raised a young man who is honest, brave, focused and a dreamer, just like his mom.
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