Dr. Maria Falcon-Cantrill lives her faith daily doing work that most of us would find nearly impossible to do. Dr. Falcon-Cantrill is a Pediatric Oncologist at Methodist Children's Hospital and works daily serving and treating children with cancer. As an accomplished medical researcher and practitioner, she serves as a shining example of an outstanding Incarnate Word alumna living out the mission of the Sisters of Charity.
When the stress and pressure of her work builds, she is reminded of her guiding principle that “Faith is the ability not to panic.” This allows her to maintain a strong faith in her skills and training, her patients and their families as well as the nurses and staff and most of all, her faith in God. While many would consider her work a high stress job, often you will find her reflecting on what a blessing it is to get to know these children and their families who serve as an example of courage and grace in the midst of challenge.
When she isn’t working with children, and families on cancer treatments, Falcon-Cantrill can be found volunteering at two local charities, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and Camp Discovery. At the St. Baldrick's Foundation volunteers raise awareness and funds for Pediatric Cancer research by shaving their heads. At Camp Discovery, a summer camp in Kerrville for children with cancer, Falcon-Cantrill serves as a board member and camp physician. Camp Discovery is referred to as the "Greatest Place on Earth" by volunteers and planning committee members.
Prior to completing her residency at Christus Santa Rosa, she was a biology major and an officer of the Pre-med Society at UIW. She was a member of the Red Alert dance team, Alpha Phi Omega and the Alpha Chi Honor Society. Her advice to other students and alumni looking to the future? “Dedication and tenacity can get you anywhere you want to go if you are willing to work hard.” Her hard work has clearly paid off and it gives her the privilege of serving families in need.