For Cesar Figueroa Ortiz, MD, MSK infectious disease specialist and a native of Bogotá, Colombia, New York City is his long-awaited home. He remembers stepping out of a subway station into Times Square several years ago and finding himself surrounded by throngs of people speaking multiple languages. “I had never experienced so much diversity,” he recalls. “I had always wanted to live in a city with people from all over the world and knew then that I had found my place. I immediately felt that I was home.”
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A Career Built on Love: Carmen Mendez
Love was the driving force behind her decision to go to nursing school. Now, as Perioperative Nurse Liaison for the Josie Robertson Surgery Center (JRSC), she is driven by compassion and empathy for the family members of patients undergoing surgery.
Honoring Her Family's History: Vanessa Rodriguez
A common thread of purpose-driven work is woven through Vanessa Rodriguez’s professional life. She has worked for various nonprofit organizations throughout her career and will celebrate her 10th anniversary at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in October. “My husband calls me a professional humanitarian and I agree! I want to make a difference in people’s lives,” says Vanessa, an event production manager in the Office of Development, where she works to enhance donor relationships to help fund cancer research.
A Lifetime of Connecting with People: Ruben Escobar
Ruben Escobar, Security Guard, Facilities Management
Relationships mean everything to Ruben Escobar, a Security Guard with Facilities Management. He values not only his family members, but also the friends and colleagues who have helped him get through life’s pivots and challenges.
2021 Values in Action Honorees
MSK is celebrating employees who have gone above and beyond in demonstrating MSK's values in the way they work, relate to other people, and contribute to MSK's mission.