TEXAS – Daniella Concha, a Rio Grande Valley native and 2020 graduate of the UTRGV School of Medicine, was selected as a recipient of the Texas Heart Institute’s 2023-2024 Cardiology Fellowship Program.
St. Luke’s Medical Center is one of the top medical residency programs in the county, and Concha qualified for one of six coveted positions available among 1,000 applicants, the university reported.
“I am incredibly honored and grateful to have the opportunity to train in the exciting field of cardiology. My dream is to improve the cardiovascular health of my community by focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure in underserved populations of all ethnicities,” said Concha.
Through the program, Daniella will learn new diagnostic and therapeutic technologies in cardiovascular care, and will have the opportunity to train in all aspects of this branch of medicine through patient care, research and education.
“This program will help me achieve my goal of becoming an academic cardiologist and improve access to care in underserved communities in Texas,” he said.
Concha graduated from Donna High School in 2010 and is a first-generation college student. She is currently completing her residency in internal medicine at New York Presbyterian Hospital of Columbia University. The program is highly competitive and one of the top 10 residency programs in the country.
Michael B. Hocker, dean of the UTRGV School of Medicine and senior vice president of UT Health RGV, said Concha is an excellent example of how the School of Medicine is preparing medical specialists for the future.
“We are very proud. She demonstrates the degree of success you can achieve by beginning your medical career at the UTRGV School of Medicine. She exemplifies how we are not only serving the Rio Grande Valley community, but also communities beyond,” commented Hocker.
A graduate of UTRGV School of Medicine’s first graduating class, Concha will enter the cardiology fellowship program with five other fellows in the summer of 2023.