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MEET LOCAL LEGENDS: By Medical Specialty


State/Congressional Nominator Medical Specialty Audio/Video Clips
Photo of Mindy Fain, M.D.

Mindy Fain, M.D.

"Driving force in geriatric understanding and care"

"My dad was a first generation immigrant from Latvia-with seven brothers and sisters-and was a strong believer in social justice. He always stressed the importance of education and fairness for all, and medicine appealed to me as a way of serving the impoverished and disenfranchised."
Internal Medicine/Geriatrics

Photo of Lauren McDonald, M.D.

Lauren McDonald, M.D.

"Kidney specialist, healer and social activist..."

"When I was little, I wanted to be an engineer or a pilot. But when I was 15 or 16, I visited my mother's hometown, a small southern town, and saw that not everyone had the same opportunity for health care...My family has a tradition of community involvement, of caring for people; my aunt was a nurse. I joined my interest in science with caring for people. I feel everyone should have access to quality medical care."
Internal Medicine/Nephrology

Photo of Nancy Fishback, M.D.

Nancy Fishback, M.D.

"Dedicated Teacher and Expert on Sleep Disorders"

"The study of sleep disorders is in its infancy and that makes it especially fascinating. Some of the real pioneers are still alive and working. It's a bit like being able to call up Freud and talk with him about psychology."
Internal Medicine/Sleep Medicine

Photo of Suzanne Landis, M.D.

Suzanne Landis, M.D.

"Creative champion of health care for the indigent"

"My father was a GP and I always wanted to be like him, to interact with the patients and their families, helping them as much as possible...even their emotional needs."
Internal and Family Medicine
North Carolina

Photo of Doris Merrritt, M.D.

Doris Merrritt, M.D.

"Excelled in Multiple Roles over Long Medical Career"

"I was the right person in the right place at the right time. I've lived in an era that paralleled the growth of the NIH and the country's support for health research."
Medical Research Administration

Photo of Katherine Esterly, M.D.

Katherine Esterly, M.D.

"Giving Delawareans a fighting chance!"

"In college, I was exposed to quite a few pre-medical students, and my older brother was in medical school. Also, an aunt died of stomach cancer and that had a profound influence on me. But it wasn't until November of my senior year that I decided to become a doctor."

Photo of Ruth A. Lawrence, M.D.

Ruth A. Lawrence, M.D.

"Championing the benefits of breastfeeding"

"I was a physics major during college, assigned to a work-study program at a pharmaceutical company researching consumers' product questions. I found it quite interesting and earned high grades for my work. So during my exit interview, I was asked if I was going to medical school. I'd never thought of it but six weeks later I had decided to and was very fortunate to be accepted at Rochester by Dr. George Whipple, dean of the medical school and a Nobel Prize winner in medicine."
New York

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