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"2 Minutes with...Marcel Maya, M.D."

Playing tennis helps keep Dr. Marcel Maya's eye on the ball as he juggles his job, a dozen residents and a never-ending parade of stray animals as a foster "parent" with A Dog's Life Rescue. We spend two minutes with Dr. Maya, a neuroradiologist, as he talks about how he effectively manages his time.

What do you do?
I'm a diagnostic and interventional neuroradiologist specializing in performing endovascular procedures at the S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center. I also perform minimally invasive spinal procedures to treat fractures and relieve pain. In addition, I am the director of the Radiology Residency Program, where I oversee 12 residents.

How do you cope with all of the technological advances in imaging?
I constantly need to be involved in cutting-edge science. I'm fortunate because we've been able to pioneer new technology in spine procedures, intracranial stents and tumor ablation. One example of this is the new types of stents we use for patients with intracranial vascular stenosis. Unlike stents currently in use, these were developed specifically to open intracranial narrowing due to atherosclerosis.

The Imaging Center also just installed a new dual-source 64-slice CT scanner, which is capable of imaging the intracranial blood vessels noninvasively, and more rapidly and at higher resolution than we've been able to do before.

What is your biggest challenge?
Overall, it's difficult to find time for my family and for myself. Just to be able to do everything with the care it deserves without spending 24 hours a day is a challenge, so I rely on my colleagues to help me out -- Dr. Franklin Moser, Dr. E. James Tourje and Dr. Barry D. Pressman, who is chair of the Imaging Department. I also realize that the only way to get everything done is to start work at 6 a.m., but don't tell anyone that I'm here that early! They might start calling me at that hour.

By getting an early start, I can squeeze in a tennis game later. If I get my tennis fix, then I'm happy. Ideally, I like to play four times a week.

How do you unwind at the end of the day?
My wife, Sefika, and I foster dogs that are put up for adoption through A Dog's Life Rescue organization in L.A., so I never know what to expect when I come home. One day, she brought home a litter of 12 or 14 puppies -- I lost count there were so many. We also have a Yorkshire terrier. He wasn't too happy with us then.

Marcel Maya, M.D., joined Cedars-Sinai in 2000 and is board certified in radiology and fellowship trained in neuroradiology. He can be reached at (310) 423-2468.