Dagoberto Estevez

U.S. Scholar, VECD 2015-16


Home Institution: Vanderbilt University
Fellowship Site: Western Honduras Gastric Cancer Initiative, Universidad De Valle in Copán, Honduras
Research Topic: Cancer

Mr. Estevez will spend his fellowship year at Western Honduras Gastric Cancer Initiative, Universidad De Valle in Copán under the mentorship of Douglas Morgan, MD, MPH. His research will focus on technology-based interventions to improve medication adherence in a rural global health setting in the context of a cancer chemo prevention trial.

Mr. Estevez is a second-year medical student at Vanderbilt with interests in brain tumors, cancer, surgery, global health, and academic medicine. He is a first-generation college graduate born and raised in Honduras. He received, with Honors, a B.S. degree in Molecular Biology from Brigham Young University. Prior to attending college, he served as a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Guatemala. At BYU, he conducted cancer research in molecular targets leading to several presentations at the American Association for Cancer Research meetings. He currently serves as Chapter President for the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) and holds executive board positions in the Vanderbilt LMSA, the Vanderbilt Global Health Organization, the Jewish Student Organization, and in the AMA-MSS served in the Minority Issues Committee. Mr. Estevez has been involved in research for sickle cell disease, TBI, and trauma fractures leading to several presentations, co-authoring one publication with others currently under review.