Sunday Special 12 – How an Undocumented Immigrant Became a Successful U.S. Physician – Dr. Mario Mendoza

Dr. Mario Mendoza

Sunday Special 12 – My guest on The Sunday Special today is Dr. Mario Mendoza.  Dr. Mendoza is an anesthesiologist with a unique personal journey, literally.  He and his mother fled political persecution and threat of death from Central America and trekked hundreds of miles to the U.S. Border when he was a child.  They entered, as Dr. Mendoza likes to say, as undocumented immigrants. 

He grew up in New York, excelled in school, contributed to his community, and eventually earned his green card.  Against all odds, he went to medical school and now is a successful U.S. physician.  That’s amazing, but the thing that’s more amazing is how he came to faith as a follower of Jesus and the passion with which he now pursues that calling.  He has an absolutely incredible testimony, and I’m just so excited to get to share this with you. 


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Meet Dr. Mario Mendoza

Dr. Mario Mendoza

Dr. Mario Mendoza is a clinical anesthesiologist (practiced at the NIH), chemist (Abbott), and currently an independent biotech medical affairs consultant and biotech careers coach with over 13 years of combined experience in patient care, drug/device clinical development and medical affairs, R&D work (Abbott, Pfizer, Centrexion Therapeutics), and FDA regulation of medical devices.
Dr. Mendoza also consults/advises early stage biotech companies (branding, clinical development, medical affairs, regulatory of drugs and devices) as an Executive-in-Residence at the Center for Biotechnology at Stony Brook University. He is also  the founder of, his calling and mission- to advocate for the undocumented immigrant community through real-world stories and data.

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Show times

  • 00:00 – Introduction to The Sunday Special. 
  • 02:36 – Subscribe to The Scope of Practice Podcast
  • 02:51 – Today’s Bible verse is: Psalm 32:8 – “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.”
  • 04:42 – Introduction to Dr. Mario Mendoza.
  • 05:40 – The Sunday Special is an opportunity for us to speak boldly about our Christian faith.
  • 06:25 – Let’s meet Dr. Mario Mendoza, founder of Life Undocumented!
  • 08:20 – Dr. Mario Mendoza shares his personal testimony with us.  
  • 10:10 – In a unique discussion of his struggles with atheism and divorce. Dr. Mario Mendoza shares how Jesus pulled him out of the depths of despair.
  • 12:33 – As the Bible acknowledges, Dr. Mario Mendoza shares that living in the world but not being of the world was difficult
  • 14:40 – We would not have been calling to Jesus, unless He had been calling to us first.
  • 16:20 – Dr. Mario Mendoza shares his unique journey to get to the United States.
  • 25:10 – “Apart from Me, you can do nothing,” says Jesus in the Bible.  Dr. Mario Mendoza understands this all too well, and that’s what drives his passion for Jesus.
  • 29:14 – Dr. Lacey shares the story of John Newton, writer of “Amazing Grace.”  
  • 31:34 – Did his time as an atheist make Dr. Mario Mendoza’s faith stronger now, since he knows the arguments that atheists make to defy Christ?
  • 35:15 – The Bible is divinely inspired truth.  We know that the Word is inspired by God, and it makes the world make sense.  That should give us great comfort and confidence!
  • 37:26 – Dr. Mario Mendoza shares the heart behind his nonprofit organization, Life Undocumented.
  • 46:50 – Connect to Dr. Mario Mendoza and Life Undocumented
  • 48:18 – Summary of the episode.
  • 49:12 – Free resource: 14 day devotional series called “The Body of Christ”
  • 51:16 – Signing off!

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