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Why I Became a Physician

Why I Became a Physician

In honor of Doctors' Day, we asked several Cedars-Sinai physicians why they decided to pursue a medical career. Here's what they had to say:

"I wanted to be part of a profession that allowed me to have meaningful interactions with people." - internal medicine/pediatrics specialist Anish Desai, M.D.

"There are very few jobs in the world that allow you to wake up everyday and know that you are making a difference in a child's life." - pediatric gastroenterologist Marla Dubinsky, M.D.

"My interest in medicine began when I attended Stuyvesant High School in NYC and was introduced to several outstanding mentors who inspired me to pursue a career in the Medical Sciences." cardiologist John G. Harold, M.D.

"Because of my grandfather, who was a general practitioner in a small town in Korea. He did everything from delivering babies to lending people money. In the hospital and ultimately at his funeral, I was so humbled by all the people, from mayors to maids, who came to pay their final respects. To know that one person could affect so many lives was truly inspiring to me." - internal medicine specialist Joe Kim, M.D.

"To be there for others when no one else can, and to have the knowledge and compassion to help them." - OB/Gyn Dotun Ogunyemi, M.D.

"I had an accident with a lot of facial trauma and was so impressed with the care I received that I knew what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. It has been the happiest decision I ever made." - radiologist Ashley Wachsman, M.D.

"Working with children was always my goal, and pediatrics is the perfect way to do this while giving something positive back to society." - pediatrician Gerald Whitman, M.D.

"My reasons have evolved over time. I pursued a career in medicine because I wanted to contribute to humanity. Now, I do it for my daughter, to show her that a woman can contribute to society in a meaningful way both inside and outside the home." - physician nutrition specialist Adrienne Youdim, M.D.