From Colombia to Yale cardiology: Dr. Carlos Mena-Hurtado

While attending high school in his native Colombia, Carlos Mena-Hurtado used to frequently drop in on his older brother Alvaro, who was studying medicine at the University of Antioquia, the nation’s top medical school and one of the oldest in South America. All of that time in his brother’s classes convinced Mena-Hurtado, the son of a social worker and an English teacher, to apply. Though it was a challenge to land one of 40 spots available for 5,000 applicants to the prestigious institution, he was accepted. It was the beginning of a what’s become a distinguished career in cardiology.