Oncologic Breast Surgeon, Mercy Hospital
Just do it - it is an extremely diverse field of study.
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
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