Recognition was given to Dr Angela Margarita Matos Imbert for her career as a paediatrician in the Dominican Republic.
On 14 September 2023, Angela Margarita Matos Imbert received a tribute from the Santiago branch of the Dominican Republic’s Paediatrics Society. She was the focus of their 10th Paediatrics Conference and 6th Congress of Graduates of the Dr Arturo Grullón Children's Hospital.
In presenting a biographical profile of Dr Angela Margarita Matos, member of the Teresian Association, they highlighted “the values that underpin her life, the richness of her multifaceted personality, her spirituality, her faith that God who is human and divine is committed to health and life, her love of science, her capacity for work and unconditional service, and her constant willingness to give support.”
A vocation for paediatrics
She was born in Santo Domingo and has been working in the city of Santiago de Los Caballeros since 1982.
Margarita Matos studied medicine at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo and then validated her degree at the University of Seville in Spain. She studied Paediatrics and Paediatric Endocrinology at the Clínico Virgen Macarena Hospital attached to the University of Seville.
On her return to the Dominican Republic in 1982, she obtained the post of Paediatric Endocrinologist at the Regional University Children's Hospital of Santiago. She was the first Paediatric Endocrinologist at the Hospital and in the Northern Region and the first woman president of the Paediatric Society of this region in the Dominican Republic.
In addition to her personal qualities and her many achievements in the field of medicine in which she specialises, her “human and ethical dedication to her patients and her continuous updating of her professional practice and teaching” were highlighted.
In particular, her contribution to the treatment of diabetes in children was noted. Among other projects, she is co-founder of the Patronato Niño Jesús for the treatment of diabetes in children and adolescents.
Attention to the most vulnerable
As a teacher, they noted her academic commitment and research interests, her scientific competence and her ongoing contribution to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.
In medical practice, “her profile is that of a person with a vocation, who has devoted most of her time to quiet service in the public hospital, caring for the most vulnerable,” they stressed.
At present, following her recent retirement from the Regional Hospital, she continues to offer her services in the Endocrinology clinic. She is committed to the project and to the renovation of the building that houses the Diabetes Care Unit, an urgent priority at this time.
She is the author and co-author of numerous articles published in local and international journals, and has lectured at national and international congresses, seminars and courses.
She has received numerous awards and distinctions. We highlight the following:
- Paediatrician of the Year from the Dominican Republic Paediatrics Society (2014) for her outstanding commitment to teaching.
- Academic Faculty Member at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM).
- The “Legacy” Award from the Dominican Republic Endocrinology Society for her contributions to clinical teaching.
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