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MEET LOCAL LEGENDS: By Medical Specialty


State/Congressional Nominator Medical Specialty Audio/Video Clips
Photo of Ruth Kirschstein, M.D.

Ruth Kirschstein, M.D.

"Outstanding scientist, mentor and administrator "

"I wanted to be a doctor from a very young age - even before I went to high school. I'm not sure exactly what motivated me. I had a father who was a chemist. I had a mother who was extremely ill through most of my childhood, and spent a long time in the hospital. It may have been that, that motivated me partly as well."

Photo of Sharon Weiss, M.D.

Sharon Weiss, M.D.

"World-renowned pathologist"

"My father was a surgeon, a charismatic and well-respected man. He served as an inspiration for me. But it was an undergraduate college course in the structure of the cell that motivated me to become a pathologist."

Photo of Vivian Pinn, M.D.

Vivian Pinn, M.D.

"Representing every woman's health..."

"I wanted to be the kind of physician who paid attention to my patients, and didn't dismiss my patients' complaints."
District of Columbia

Photo of Carol Ann Feinstein Plotsky, M.D.

Carol Ann Feinstein Plotsky, M.D.

"Devoted Pediatrician and Medical Staff Leader"

"When I decided to give up law and go to medical school I had to justify it to myself. If I was going to be taking a place in a medical school class, I wanted to link my new career to my former career. I felt that helping children was the best way to do this."
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Photo of Francine Kaufman, M.D.

Francine Kaufman, M.D.

"I'm hooked on children!"

"I think I decided to become a doctor when I was about four, under the direction of my father, who was a physician."
Pediatric Medicine

Photo of Sallie Carter, M.D.

Sallie Carter, M.D.

"Taking to the road to serve the neediest children!"

"My grandfather was a country doctor and all my life I heard how 'Faddy' would treat patients right on the front porch. He never turned anyone away and, of course, they were poor and paid him in chickens and what not. So I thought of a doctor as being a service provider…"
Pediatric Medicine
South Carolina

Photo of Nancy Tarbell, M.D.

Nancy Tarbell, M.D.

"Leader in Pediatric Radiation Oncology"

"I love my job. Sometimes I'll get a card from a person I treated as a child 20 years ago, and it always touches and amazes me that I was able to help a child in such a profound way."
Pediatric Radiation Oncology

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