Since 2004, the St. Agnes Academy Alumnae Board and St. Agnes Young Professionals Organization (SAYPO) honor an alumna annually with the Veritas Award. This year, we celebrate Dr. Concepcion (Conchi) Diaz-Arrastia Green ’78 for her dedication to St. Agnes, her compassion for humanity and her professional and academic achievements.
Conchi is an associate professor and director in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine. Long after her days at SAA, Conchi has maintained her commitment to the school by generously volunteering her time. She has come to campus and spoken to students about health issues and has served on the panel at Career Day. She has also mentored Academy women in the field of genetics research. Last year, she provided a day of medical observation to a student through a gift to the St. Agnes gala and auction. Conchi lives out her passion to serves those in need by providing free gynecological care to incarcerated women.
In her work as a physician, she has helped numerous SAA community members and their families. Dr. Charles Novo, St. Agnes English teacher, recalls a difficult time for his family and how Conchi was able to help. “We stood outside of the operating theater and received the news; the surgery had been successful and the cancer had been excised ... [Dr. Diaz-Arrastia Green] gave Annie her personal cell phone number, and told my sister that not only would she take her calls, but she would drive to her house and minister to her personally. The time, the energy, the dedication it takes to endure the human tide every day is immense; to respond so with particular individuals, as I saw the doctor do is witness of a remarkable human being, and such a human being is Dr. Diaz-Arrastia Green.”
Conchi goes the extra mile in everything she does. Classmate Laura Broussard Costa ’78 stated, “Concep is never too busy to help friends, classmates and their family members. She will drop whatever she is doing to help a long-lost friend with a medical scare.”
As the physician to Jen Arnold, star of TLC’s hit reality show The Little Couple, Conchi did extensive research and contacting specialists around the country to calculate the appropriate dosage of chemotherapy for Arnold, who has a form of dwarfism. Every day, Conchi lives the St. Agnes mission. Whether in her profession, volunteer activities or with friends, her heart for social justice shines through. Her passion for a better world makes us proud to call her an Academy woman.
"The time, the energy, the dedication it takes to endure the human tide every day is immense; to respond so with particular individuals, as I saw the doctor do is witness of a remarkable human being, and such a human being is Dr. Diaz-Arrastia Green." - DR. CHARLES NOVO
Dr. Diaz-Arrastia Green has won numerous awards, including the “Schuyler G. Kohl Award” for Best Teaching by a Resident (1991); Clinical Oncology Fellowship Award, American Cancer Society (1992-93); the Golden Apple Teaching Award, University of Texas Medical Branch – Galveston, TX (2003 and 2006); Rising Star in Cancer Research, National Latino Cancer Research Network (Redes en Accion) (2005); the Carlos Finlay Award for Outstanding Physician (2011); and was the first to perform a telerobotic hysterectomy.
2013: Carolyn Carbajal McCairns ’57
2012: Sr. Carol Mayes, O.P. ’56
2011: Charla Ward Trader ’64
2010: Mary Ann Chambers ’57
2009: Debbie Sieck ’87
2008: Kathy Kokas ’73
2007: Janet Kingham Greenwood ’57
2006: Sr. Therese Warden, O.P. ’51
2005: Eileen Antill ’51
2004: Calista Schneidau Herbert ’69