Areas of Interest
brain tumors, cancer epidemiology, neural tube defects,
global health, clinical trials, trauma, neurocritical care



San Pedro Sula, Honduras

Undergraduate School
Brigham Young University
Major: Molecular Biology

Medical School
Vanderbilt School of Medicine


Dagoberto Estevez, M.D., was born and raised in San Pedro Sula, Honduras before completing his undergraduate and medical education. Prior to moving to the US, he worked as an English teacher in Honduras and served a mission in Guatemala for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. At Brigham Young University, he studied Molecular Biology and Hebrew graduating with University Honors. He subsequently attended Vanderbilt School of Medicine where he pursued an additional year of research funded by the NIH as a Fogarty Global Health Scholar and Vanderbilt Medical Scholar studying cancer epidemiology and gastric cancer under the Mentorship of Dr. Douglas Morgan. He led the establishment of the first population-based cancer registry and cancer survival study in Honduras. Dago has served in multiple leadership positions in his community as well as medical school and national organizations. Dago was Inducted to Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) in 2017 and has served as an executive board member at both his local chapter and national AOA board. Outside of neurosurgery Dago enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids, scuba diving, kayaking, hiking, playing guitar, singing, video games, and reading.

Honors and Awards

  • Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Sten H. Vermund Award in Global Health
  • AMA Foundations Minority Scholars Award
  • Alpha Omega Alpha