Dr. Samuel Anaya was born at the Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth, Texas, to an airman and an immigrant from Cordoba, Spain. As a child, Samuel’s parents instilled in him a strong desire to better himself and lend his assistance and service to his community in whatever way he could.
After his best friend in middle school was cured of lymphoma and his sister was treated of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, he knew he wanted to become a physician. He witnessed how those he loved were treated compassionately and generously by their doctors and realized this is the best way he could serve people.
Samuel went to Brown University and received a degree in Neuroscience. He later joined the U.S. Army Reserves to help pay for medical school and serve his country. He returned to his home state upon graduation and attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He was accepted into a transitional internship to study Anatomic Pathology at Yale University.
After completing his internship, he went on to serve in the U.S. Army on active duty for eight years. He trained originally as an OBGYN and transitioned his specialty to Family Medicine Obstetrics. He was deployed to Iraq in 2006–2007 and was chosen to be the Battalion Surgeon for 2-27 Infantry’s Wolfhounds. He was later awarded the Bronze Star for his efforts.
He was honorably discharged in 2012, at which point he returned home to Texas. He now lives in Austin and works for a variety of emergency rooms in the Central Texas Region. He volunteered to be one of the partners at Laredo Emergency Room because he wanted to continue the tradition of serving his community through compassionate care.