Dr. Santamaria, a Panamanian native, obtained his medical degree from the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain, and then completed general surgery residency training at McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center (Houston). At UT Houston, he served as chief resident in general surgery. He completed his research fellowships at Massachusetts General Hospital and Memorial Sloan Kettering, where he gained broad experience in both clinical and basic science research. Dr. Santamaria’s publications include both clinical and basic science studies published in Annals of Surgical Oncology, Annals of Surgery, Cancer Research, and JAMA Oncology, among other. He authored a thorough characterization of Merkel cell carcinoma at MGH, which he presented as an oral presentation at the Society of Surgical Oncology Symposium when he was a intern in surgery (Santamaria-Barria, Ann Surg Oncol 2013 Apr;20(4):1365-73).