Zuleica Santiago-Delgado, MD
Dr. Zuleica Santiago-Delgado joined the Department of Family Medicine in 2018. She is a resident physician in training at the Family Medicine Clinic - Island East. Dr. Santiago-Delgado earned a Bachelor of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, and a Doctorate of Medicine from Ponce Health Science University in Ponce, Puerto Rico.
Dr. Santiago-Delgado is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), and Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO).
Dr. Santiago-Delgado's academic and clinical interests include women's health, academic medicine, and underserved population medicine.
A Personal Note from Dr. Delgado
I was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. As we say, “Boricua hasta la Luna”. Growing up I wanted to become an archeologist, influenced by too much National Geography, Indiana Jones, love for science and cultures. When I took my biology course in middle school I was amazed by the human body and how it worked. I wanted to follow a career path that had servitude to others and biology; it was then when I decided to become a medical doctor. I started shadowing some doctors, to see if the reality matched the TV shows, which it most definitely does not. During my shadowing, I could feel the sense of gratitude from the patients, the privilege it meant being part of their life and how a physician’s work impacts their well-being. All of that made me fall in love with medicine; a love that continues to grow.
During the residency interview season, I went to several places, but UTMB stayed in my heart, there was something that I felt telling me “this is where you belong”. We have the most amazing staff, faculty, fellow physicians and patients. There is diversity in cultures, diagnosis, and pathologies. The program has a mission to prepare the most empathic, knowledgeable, caring physicians. It will help you prepare for the boards and also give you the tools to be a competent practicing physician afterward. I am blessed to be called a physician, and more so, a family medicine resident in this wonderful program. I am interested in Integrative Medicine and Women's Health. I believe that there are many resources outside our traditional medicine that can help patients. If it helps, it does not do any harm and it won't affect a current treatment, is worth looking into.
This is the most arduous, expensive and longest career there is. But to be of service to others, help them in their hour of need, give them joy with good news and a helping hand with the bad; has made all the sacrifices, the long hours and the newly grown gray hairs, worth it. If I had to do it all over again I would, there is nothing more amazing than being a doctor. Some of the things I love doing are; spending time with my husband and our dog, reading, dancing, cooking and traveling.