The New American 2017-2018: Our Alumni Magazine
Resident, Boston Children's Hospital
Carolina's family fled Colombia and sought political asylum in the United States
Fellowship awarded to support work towards a PhD/MD in Genetics and Medicine at Johns Hopkins University
Carolina Montaño is a resident in pediatrics at Boston Children's Hospital. She graduated from the MD/PhD program at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2017. Her PhD was in Human Genetics.
Carolina was born in Barranquilla, Colombia. Her father, a civic leader in the Magdalena region, was targeted by terrorists and the family fled to Florida on an asylum status, where they now reside. She is a green card holder.
Though having completed three years of medical education in Colombia, Carolina was required by the American system to complete a bachelor's degree, which she did in neuroscience and molecular biology at Brigham Young University. There she attained a perfect 4.0 average, graduated summa cum laude and served as Commencement speaker.
With an NIH scholarship, Carolina spent two years at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. She also spent a summer at the Mayo Clinic as a research fellow. To date, she has four co-authored publications in important scientific journals, including a recent publication in the journal, Nature. While in Utah and Washington, DC, she not only volunteered with La Clinica del Pueblo but developed a course on medical Spanish.
Carolina intends to be both a clinician and a researcher. She sees medicine not only as a life style, but also a vocation. She also sees her career as providing a role model for the Hispanic community "whose youth is in particular need of role models and mentors in scientific and medical careers."