An Immigrant’s Journey

Open Ninth Episode 135

When Dr. Raul Pino visited us in the studio last time, we spoke exclusively about the COVID-19 pandemic. This time around, we’re getting to know the man behind the response a little better. Dr. Pino grew up in Cuba during the early years of Fidel Castro’s rule. Seeking a better life for himself and his family, Dr. Pino knew he needed to get to the United States. Escaping Cuba is no easy feat, however. Listen in as he speaks with Chief Judge Lisa Munyon about the trials and tribulations he endured to get here and how he found his calling in life practicing medicine.


  • 00:45 – Early childhood
  • 03:13 – Studying medicine
  • 12:01 – Escape attempt
  • 18:08 – Being detained
  • 26:26 – Making it to the U.S.
  • 31:32 – Working in the U.S.
  • 35:08 – Working in a pandemic
  • 40:00 – Living in Orlando

In this episode

Lisa T. Munyon

Chief Judge and Open Ninth host

Chief Judge Lisa T. Munyon has been a Judge with the Ninth Judicial Circuit for 18 years. She is the Ninth Circuit's first female Chief Judge.

Open Ninth Episode 131 - Guest Dr. Raul Pino
Dr. Raul Pino

Director, Florida Department of Health - Orange County

Dr. Raul Pino is the Director of the Florida Department of Health in Orange County. He has been the face of the COVID-19 response for our community.