Saul Bautista was inspired by his service and Newark roots to address social factors that lead to disease
Saul Bautista loved science when he was growing up and wondered what it would be like to be a doctor. But during his childhood in Newark, as the son of working-class Dominican parents, he didn’t know anyone that looked like him who was a physician. It was a reach he didn’t think was possible at the time.
That changed when Bautista decided to join the U.S. Army after graduating from high school in 2004. He trained to be a lab technician and was assigned to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, the largest U.S. military hospital outside the United States that treats wounded soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan. He witnessed some difficult moments but discovered what he wanted to do with his life.