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A BI-WEEKLY PUBLICATION FROM THE CEDARS-SINAI CHIEF OF STAFF June 10, 2011 Issue | Archived Issues

Street Closures for Annual Pride Celebration

Several area streets will be closed for the 41st Annual LA Pride Festival scheduled for June 10-12 in West Hollywood.

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2 Minutes with ... Robert J. Siegel, M.D.

Dr. Siegel is director of the Cardiac Noninvasive Laboratory at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute and cardiology director of the Cedars-Sinai Marfan Center. He holds the Rexford S. Kennamer, M.D., Chair in Cardiac Ultrasound.

He took a few minutes away from the ultrasound machine to answer our questions.

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2 Minutes with ... Robert J. Siegel, M.D.

Dr. Siegel is director of the Cardiac Noninvasive Laboratory at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute and cardiology director of the Cedars-Sinai Marfan Center. He holds the Rexford S. Kennamer, M.D., Chair in Cardiac Ultrasound.

He took a few minutes away from the ultrasound machine to answer our questions.

If you were not a physician, what would you be?
I would enjoy being a potter or a painter. However, it is possible that the sense of freedom and liberation that painting and ceramics have provided me in the past would likely be ruined if I had to generate my income by being an artist.

If you had unlimited time to develop a new skill, what would it be?
Gardening. It provides time for self-reflection, but also is a process of nurturing life – similar to medicine.

What drew you to your specialty?
My father was an internist who happened to have rheumatic heart disease. This focused my interest in cardiology at an early age. However, I was also drawn to cardiology because it combines anatomy, physiology and psychology.

Why did you decide to come to Cedars-Sinai?
I came here to pursue my research and academic interests. It was a nurturing environment for research as well as for developing my clinical skills and teaching abilities. My current activities consist of diagnostic testing (cardiac ultrasound), research and teaching. I consider this to be an ideal job.

What do you do to relax?
I ride my bicycle to and from work. Riding my bike gives me time to myself, a time for contemplation, and an occasional encounter with a car that causes cardiac acceleration.

If you could spend the day doing one thing, what would it be?
I love the practice of medicine. My undergraduate degree was in comparative literature, but I really wanted to go to medical school. I truly love what I do every day – I see fascinating patients, I work with wonderful people, and I have the opportunity to teach. I can make a difference in people’s lives. I am excited to go to work every day and this is a blessing.

Is there something or someplace you have never seen that you would like to see in the near future?
I have been fortunate that my research studies and publications have resulted in invitations that provided me the opportunity to lecture all over the world – Europe, Asia, Latin America, North and South America as well as more exotic places like Saudi Arabia and Siberia. This year I was invited to speak in Istanbul, Israel, and India. These were places I had never been before. I also used this time to visit my brother who was on sabbatical in India. I learned a great deal about myself and humanity from visiting these diverse countries. I would also like to visit Africa someday.

What did your mother always tell you that you now have to admit was correct?
My mother always stressed the importance of fulfillment over happiness. I feel happiness is important, but often fleeting, whereas fulfillment is more sustained and more relevant to one’s inner being.

Dr. Siegel can be reached at robert.siegel@cshs.org.