Dr Martha Sola-Visner was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Her father was an officer in the Ecuadorian Navy, and for that reason, her family moved frequently and they lived in places as diverse as the Galapagos Islands and Kiel, Germany. She studied medicine at the Catholic University of Santiago de Guayaquil and obtained her MD in 1992. After serving as a rural doctor in an underserved neighbourhood of Guayaquil for a year, she moved to the U.S. to pursue a residency in Paediatrics and a fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at the University of Florida, in Gainesville, Florida, where she trained in neonatal hematology under the mentorship of Dr Robert Christensen. Dr Sola-Visner completed her training in 2000 and stayed at the University of Florida as an attending neonatologist until 2005. She and her family then moved to the Northeast, and she joined the Division of Newborn Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital in 2007. She is currently an attending neonatologist and director of Newborn Medicine Clinical Research at Boston Children’s Hospital, and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Dr Sola-Visner has dedicated her research career to studying neonatal thrombocytopenia and neonatal transfusion medicine. She is married to Dr Gary Visner, and they have two children, Veronica and Jose.