Pathways to Pediatrics with Dr. Luis Seija
In this episode Luis E. Seija, MD, FAAP, resident physician in Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, talks about being raised by a single mother and struggling with the MCAT and med-school application process. He tells hosts David Hill, MD, FAAP, and Joanna Parga-Belinkie, MD, FAAP, about his passion for equity, inclusion, Texas … and Taco Bell.
“I think we do too much hand-holding in Peds and not enough hand-holding in medicine. I think that’s the biggest thing.”
— Dr. Luis E. Seija
Guest, Luis E. Seija, MD
Luis E. Seija, MD, FAAP, is a resident physician in Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.
His commitment to equity facilitates his capacity for leadership, which manifests at every level. As an advocate and activist, he pulls from his own experiences to help those who are living the life he once lived. His efforts are commended across the spectrum, and Dr. Seija has been the recipient of several local, state, and national awards, including the Texas A&M University (TAMU) Accountability, Climate, & Equity Diversity Service Award (2019) and American Medical Association (AMA) Excellence in Medicine Minority Scholar Award (2017), among others.
Within organized medicine, he maintains appointments through the AMA, American Academy of Pediatrics, and Medical Society of the State of New York. He currently sits on the AMA Minority Affairs Section (MAS) Governing Council, where he engages his peers by setting an example of the multifaceted role learners and trainees play in the discussion, implementation, and continuity of equitable health policy. As the elected MAS Delegate, he notably championed the adoption of policy leading to the AMA recognizing racism as a public health threat and race as a social construct.
Dr. Seija traveled extensively during his training, participating in medical missions and service-learning opportunities throughout Latin America and India, applying lessons learned to his own community. In medical school, he spearheaded the Aggie Health Project, a nationally recognized and comprehensive Hepatitis C screening and treatment program for TAMU’s affiliated student-run free clinic, the first of its kind.
Dr. Seija is a native of Austin, Texas and proud Texan, earning his B.A. in Biochemistry from the University of Texas at Austin and M.D. from Texas A&M University College of Medicine.