Bart’s strength of being is, in large part, due to his humble origins, the son of a Venezuelan mother who was a piano teacher and an Italian immigrant father who grew up in Valencia, Venezuela. His interest in medicine started at an early age by observing doctors who made house calls and showed compassion and skill when they came to his house to treat him and his family. This background, plus the virtues instilled in him by his parents (ie, the value of hard work, kindness, compassion, and the responsibility to do something with your life to better the world), led Bart to choose medicine as a field of study. Hard work catapulted him to the preeminent medical university in Venezuela where he graduated at the top of his class. He was inspired as a student reading Harrison’s Textbook of Internal Medicine to come to Boston to be trained by academic physicians who wrote expert medical textbooks. He secured an internship in internal medicine in Worcester, Massachusetts, under the direction of Dr Harold Jeghers, chair of the Department of Medicine at that time. Dr Jeghers was himself a noted medical educator and scholar, part of the founding pair of physicians who reported the Peutz-Jegher syndrome and also the founder of the Medical Index. Following the internship, Bart still yearned to train in Boston, and Dr Jeghers, recognizing his student’s zeal and unrelenting drive to become a top-tier academic physician, helped Bart secure a residency position at Boston City Hospital, his alma mater. After completing a medical residency and chief residency at Boston City Hospital, Bart went on to become a pulmonary fellow at Boston University School of Medicine.