Q&A With Harold Fernandez from Southside Hospital: From Undocumented Immigrant to the Top of Cardiothoracic Surgery

February 9, 2016
Gale Scott

Harold Fernandez was just 13 when he and his 11-year-old brother started the journey from a small town in Colombia to the United States. Despite arriving as an undocumented immigrant Fernandez worked his way through some of the best schools in the country to become a top doctor in his field.

Harold Fernandez, MD, was just 13 when he and his 11-year-old brother started the journey from a small town in Colombia to the United States. Despite arriving as an undocumented immigrant Fernandez worked his way through some of the best schools in the country to become a top doctor in his field.

Fernandez, who serves as Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery at Southside Hospital as well as Director of Surgical Heart Failure for the Northwell Health System discussed his journey in his book Undocumented.