Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Student Named to Forbes’ 2017 30 Under 30 List
Denisse Rojas Marquez, a second-year medical student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS), was named to Forbes’ sixth annual “30 Under 30” list, which will be featured in the January 24, 2017, Forbes magazine issue.
Ms. Marquez became one of the first two undocumented students at ISMMS in 2015. She is working toward becoming a doctor for underserved immigrant communities and a leader in shaping health care policies. She is also a co-founder of Pre-Health Dreamers (PHD), a national organization that provides advising, resources, and advocacy for other undocumented students interested in pursuing careers in health care.
“Denisse embodies all of the best values and highest aspirations of a true physician-advocate,” said David Muller, MD, Dean for Medical Education at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “I have great respect for the work she has done and the lives she's changed as a result. We congratulate her on this outstanding accomplishment.”
Ms. Marquez was 10 months old when she and her family left Mexico for the United States. In their new home of Fremont, California, her family found new opportunities that enabled her and her two siblings to attend college. As an undocumented immigrant, however, Ms. Marquez was ineligible for financial aid and often felt discouraged that no career counselor could offer her guidance on her goals. This experience inspired her to co-found PHD. The organization has since reached 700 members in 42 states, and advocated for legislation to allow California licensing boards to award professional licenses to undocumented professionals. Additionally, PHD has engaged more than 50 medical schools to consider undocumented med students.
The 30 Under 30 list includes 30 honorees in 20 different categories, each judged by experts in their fields. Ms. Marquez is among the 600 honorees selected from a pool of more than 15,000 online submissions, an acceptance rate of less than 4 percent. This year, one in every six of the list members are immigrants, originating from 44 different countries and exemplifying the success of immigrants as well as the thriving American dream.
"Over six years, the Forbes ‘30 Under 30’ list has emerged as the way that the world discovers the next generation of entrepreneurs and game-changers. These are the people that will run every field for the next 50 years,” said Randall Lane, Editor of Forbes Magazine.
For the complete list, feature stories and exclusive videos, visit: www.forbes.com/30under30.
About the Mount Sinai Health System
The Mount Sinai Health System is an integrated health system committed to providing distinguished care, conducting transformative research, and advancing biomedical education. Structured around seven hospital campuses and a single medical school, the Health System has an extensive ambulatory network and a range of inpatient and outpatient services—from community-based facilities to tertiary and quaternary care.
The System includes approximately 7,100 primary and specialty care physicians; 12 joint-venture ambulatory surgery centers; more than 140 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and 31 affiliated community health centers. Physicians are affiliated with the renowned Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, which is ranked among the highest in the nation in National Institutes of Health funding per investigator. The Mount Sinai Hospital is in the "Honor Roll" of best hospitals in America, ranked No. 15 nationally in the 2016-2017 "Best Hospitals" issue of U.S. News & World Report. The Mount Sinai Hospital is also ranked as one of the nation's top 20 hospitals in Geriatrics, Gastroenterology/GI Surgery, Cardiology/Heart Surgery, Diabetes/Endocrinology, Nephrology, Neurology/Neurosurgery, and Ear, Nose & Throat, and is in the top 50 in four other specialties. New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked No. 10 nationally for Ophthalmology, while Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai St. Luke's, and Mount Sinai West are ranked regionally. Mount Sinai's Kravis Children's Hospital is ranked in seven out of ten pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report in "Best Children's Hospitals."