THE 2023 HUMANS TO MARS SUMMIT
May 16-18, 2023
The National Academy of Sciences Building
Dr. Lucila Rosines, a child of immigrants from the Dominican Republic, is a second-generation American. She comes from a matriarchal family that always emphasized education. It is no surprise that her love of science and medicine began at a young age. One of her first books was a Little Golden Book - “Simon Visits the Doctor”. It was with this book that Lucila’s desire to become a doctor grew. Dr.Rosines has always been fascinated by the human body and science. As a child, she looked forward to doctor visits so she could ask the doctor a million questions.
Lucila’s love of science was also fostered by public television. Having grown up watching Bill Nye The Science Guy, she was fascinated by the experiments on the show. When The X-Files premiered in 1993, Lucila was further influenced by the “unexplained” and yet-to-be discovered. Seeing Agent Dana Scully use science to explain the unexplained was intoxicating for young Dr. Rosines. When Star Trek: Voyager premiered in 1995, Lucila had yet another female role model to look up to: fellow Latina engineer Lt. B’Elanna Torres.
Lucila received her Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences with a minor in Sociology from Barnard College at Columbia University. At Barnard, she fell in love with genetics, biochemistry and organic chemistry. Dr. Rosines received her medical degree from Columbia University Valegos College of Physicians and Surgeons. During her third year medical rotations, she was enamored by the field of radiology. The idea that we could use sound waves, electrons and hydrogen atoms to create images of the inside of your body was just simply amazing. She went on to specialize in the field of Radiology and was matched at Columbia University Irving Medical Center - New York Presbyterian Hospital. After her time at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, Lucila decided to further specialize in Pediatric Imaging and did a fellowship in Texas Children’s Hospital. Dr. Rosines currently works as a general and pediatric Radiologist for Kelsey Seybold Clinics in Houston, TX.
She has also tied her love of science with books and TV by being a medical consultant for one of her favorite authors and for the Twitch TV show "Heartbeats." Lucila hopes to inspire and be a role model for girls who love science and medicine.