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Two Minutes With …

This question-and-answer feature will help you get to know some of the physicians in the Cedars-Sinai Department of Surgery.

Chung RexRex Chung, MD

Where did you grow up?

I was born in San Diego and grew up in the coastal area of Del Mar, back when it was still just a little beach town. Some of my fondest memories were walking to the beach hand in hand with my late grandmother and gathering shells and rocks to bring back home.

Why did you decide to specialize in trauma surgery?

Ever since dedicating my life to medicine, I have enjoyed and valued just about every subject I have come across within the field. It was a tough choice to for me to even decide upon general surgery over internal medicine for residency, but I soon found that the diversity and opportunities within were a perfect fit for me. Being a trauma and critical care surgeon continues to allow me access to a broad range of procedures to learn, skills to hone, patients to meet and intellectual endeavors to pursue. It was a satisfying feeling when I realized that I could handle the many types of emergencies that the job presented me.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

There are numerous rewards that I encounter regularly on the job, including the immediate gratification of seeing a very sick patient readily recover under the care of my team. Over the years however, the most rewarding aspect has been seeing the residents progress from their first day in general surgery residency and steadily develop utilizing much blood, sweat and tears into fully capable surgeons ready to change the world in their own ways. It is a humbling thing to be a part of that.

How do you unwind at the end of the day?

Taking an early evening walk to the beach with my boys, Ryder and Cameron. It never fails to clear my mind and bring a smile to my face.

Is there something or someplace you have never seen that you would like to see in the near future?

My family grew up skiing and snowboarding and we used to take a family trip every year to Mammoth. I have never been to Whistler, British Columbia, but have heard much about it and have longed to go. In the near future, managing to organize a trip with my whole family to relax and experience it together would be a dream.