I thank Mozelle for her love, support, and encouragement and to Talmadge and Almetta King for teaching me the value of hard work and education. In addition, I thank my daughters, Consuelo and Malaika, for their loving support and my granddaughters, Madison and Siena, for keeping it real.
To my patients and teachers for their guidance and nurturing, my students and colleagues for their inspiration, and my family for unstinting support.
I thank my parents, Arthur and Bernice, who have encouraged me to contribute toward making a constructive difference in people's lives. I also thank my wife, Rebecca and our three wonderful children, Sarah, Julia, and Jacob, who have made an enormous positive impact on my own life.
To the memory of my parents, Hector and Paulina B. Fernandez. De tal árbol, tal astilla.
With appreciation to my family, colleagues, students, and patients, for all they have taught me.
I thank George Schillinger for demonstrating the potential for resilience in the face of vulnerability and for imbuing me with a belief that doctoring requires the head, hands, and heart; Zahava Schillinger for instilling in me the confidence and diligence to accomplish my goals; Nahum Joel for conveying his passion regarding science and the pursuit of social justice; Ariella Hyman for partnering with me in this struggle; and Eytan, Gabriel, and Micaela, who, when work becomes overwhelming, always bring me back to the simple joys of life.
To Amado, Carolina, Elvira, Marcelo, Florentina, Gilberto, and Rosario, with great respect and gratitude, and to my brothers and sisters for all they have taught me.