Cynthia Reyes

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Title: General Pediatric Surgeon
Company: Nemours Children’s Hospital
Location: Orlando, Florida, United States

Cynthia Reyes, General Pediatric Surgeon, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in pediatric surgery.

Dr. Reyes became involved in her profession after being inspired by Richard Corinadus, one of her teachers in junior high school. Mr. Corinadus saw that she needed a little direction, so he asked her what her two favorite subjects were and what she liked to do. Dr. Reyes came back the next day and told him that she liked science and helping people. Mr. Corinadus replied with words that would change her life; “Well, you’re going to be a doctor.” She thought that he was crazy, especially since she was living in the inner city with not much money at the time. Mr. Corinadus and his wife, Linda, mentored Dr. Reyes and paid her way all the way up to medical school. As someone who loves children, has steady hands, and an interest in medicine; Dr. Reyes was well-suited to become a pediatric surgeon. Two other important mentors are Judah Folkman, MD and Charlie Stolar, MD who inspired her to pursue pediatric surgery.  These incredible people enabled Dr. Reyes to subsequently care for thousands of sick children.

Dr. Reyes graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1982. She continued her medical training as a surgical intern and resident surgeon at Columbia University. From 1989 to 1991, she was appointed as a fellow in surgery at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and Temple University. She holds an American Board of Surgery Certification in General Surgery and Pediatric Surgery. Prior to her current position as a Professor of Surgery, with the University of Central Florida’s Nemours Children’s Hospital, Dr. Reyes taught surgery at the University of New Mexico, Florida State University, the University of Florida and the University of California, Irvine. Since December 2017, she has also served as the Director of Surgical Quality for the Division Chief of Pediatric Surgery and the Director of Quality and Safety, Surgical Services at her institution.

Dr Reyes attributes her success to her upbringing and faith in God. She was the first person in her family to go to college and feels blessed by her many opportunities and the impressive people she’s met along the way. Not only is she known for her compassion and strong work ethic, but she is known as being the first Latina woman to be trained in pediatrics in the United States. Since 2017, she has served as the President of the Pacific Association of Pediatric Surgeons. She has previously held roles of the Vice Chair of Quality for the University of New Mexico and Division Chief of Pediatric Surgery at Nemours Children’s Hospital and the University of California, Irvine. In 2004, she was the chair of the Global Alliance Program for the Pacific Association of Pediatric Surgeons.

On top of these appointments, Dr. Reyes has received numerous awards and distinctions. In 2014, she came in First Place for the Hospital Process Improvement Award for the University of New Mexico Leadership Academy. From 2011 to 2016, she was consistently recognized as an Outstanding Medical Student Educator at the University of New Mexico. In 2010 and again in 2011, she was included in the Albuquerque Top Docs listing by Albuquerque Magazine. Furthermore, Dr. Reyes has been included in America’s Top Surgeons, America’s Top Pediatricians and Who’s Who in American Colleges. While studying at Harvard University, she was the recipient of the Harvard Medical School Academic Scholarship. Additionally, she received the Don Albuizo Campos Academic Scholarship while attending Long Island University.

In addition to her work as a pediatric surgeon, Dr. Reyes is an experienced martial artist and the author of “Intestinal Barrier Dysfunction in Human Necrotizing Enterocolitis.” She has contributed to numerous professional journals and articles with her peers, publishing works such as, “Multimodality treatment of a massive cervicothoracic venolymphatic malformation in a 13 year-old boy,” “Twenty-five years of the James Warden Guest Assistance Program of the Pacific Association of Pediatric Surgeon,” and “Delayed repair of congenital diaphragmatic hernia with early high frequency oscillatory ventilation during preoperative stabilization.”

Throughout her career, she has maintained professional affiliation with a variety of organizations that have aided in her development and networking. She is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American Pediatric Surgical Association, ACS New Mexico and ACS Western Surgical Society. She has also been an integral figure for the Association of American Pediatric Surgeons, serving on the Nominating Committee for Board Members, the Family and Community Relations Committee and the Workforce Committee.

Looking toward the future, Dr. Reyes endeavors on moving into a major leadership position in a surgical department. In five years, Dr. Reyes will be working in quality improvement while residing in a net zero home and practicing martial arts.  She will also be mentoring pediatric surgeons in underdeveloped countries.

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