Who or What Inspired You to Pursue Radiology?

Tuesday, Dec. 03, 2019

The Daily Bulletin stopped by the Residents Lounge on Monday to ask doctors the question: "Who or what inspired you to pursue radiology?" Participants were eager to share their reasons for becoming radiologists.

"My grandfather and uncle were radiologists and their personal dedication to medicine was inspiring," said Lane Miner, DO, fourth-year resident at Penn State University, Hershey, PA.

Mariana Raeder, MD, neuroradiology fellow at the University of Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil, was inspired by, "the state-of-the-art tools that radiology offers patients for diagnosis and treatment."

Laura Gregorio, MD, third-year resident at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, was inspired by her wife, Silva Barbeito, MD, who was her radiology attending when she was in medical school in Argentina.

"My mentors in medical school introduced me to radiology," said Elizabeth West, MD, second-year resident, Columbia University, New York.

Emmanuel Magara, MD, third-year resident at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, is inspired by, "his mentor, Garry Choy, MD, who brings together the best of radiology and global health."

"My mom, who is a medical physicist, always brought me to the reading room, and my medical school mentor, Ilona Schmalfuss, MD — both inspired me to pursue radiology," said Sarah Thomas, MD, third-year resident at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

"When I was younger, one of my family members had breast cancer and I was interested in how radiology set the direction of her treatment," said Abeer Hameed, MBCHB, diagnostic radiology fellow at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX.

Pasant Abouelhoda, MBBCH, fourth-year resident at Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt, was inspired by, "both my parents, who are radiologists."

Daniel Poliak, MD, fourth-year resident at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center was inspired to pursue radiology because he wanted to work closely with other physicians on the diagnosis and care of patients.

With a background in engineering, Simi Mutasa, MD, fourth-year resident at Columbia University, New York, was inspired to pursue radiology because the specialty is, "the intersection of technology and medicine."

Amy Metry, MD, neuroradiology fellow at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, PA, was inspired by the, "decision making that occurs in radiology where we can help other physicians see things that they cannot."