Oncologic Breast Surgeon, Mercy Hospital

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Just do it - it is an extremely diverse field of study.

Jovita Oruwari

What do you do?

I am an oncologic breast surgeon. I see women with all types of breast problems. About 30% of my practice is breast cancer and the rest benign breast diseases. I do surgery to remove cancer from the breast.

Why did you choose this field?

I chose to go into this specialty as it is a good combination of women’s health and surgery. And I enjoy the relationship that I form long term with my patients as I am with them from the moment they receive this devastating diagnosis to when they make it through their treatments.

I went into medical school wanting to be a gynecologist. Once I did my surgery rotation, I was sold on surgery. I had the fortune of having 2 great mentors in training who were breast surgeons that encouraged me and inspired me to pursue a career in breast surgery.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

There really is nothing. I feel a younger me knew everything was possible.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I love the ability to think through problems and solve them surgically.

Best advice for next generation?

Just do it. It is an extremely diverse field of study with a wide range of options for careers. And great options for leadership positions.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

I love Instagram as it allows me to have a creative outlet to educate, inspire, encourage and live!

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