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MEET LOCAL LEGENDS: By Medical Specialty


State/Congressional Nominator Medical Specialty Audio/Video Clips
Photo of Stephanie Abbuhl, M.D.

Stephanie Abbuhl, M.D.

"Passionate Leader and Teacher in Emergency Medicine "

"Emergency medicine is a real challenge. Each patient is different; each patient comes in with problems that require a quick and accurate diagnosis. I love that challenge."
Emergency Medicine

Photo of Rebecca Jackson, M.D.

Rebecca Jackson, M.D.

"Pioneering in understanding and treating osteoporosis"

"From an early age I have always been fascinated trying to understand how body systems interact. In second grade, for instance, I was doing experiments in building heart muscles and my mother and neighbors taught me about dissection. In seventh grade I knew I wanted to be an endocrinologist, especially after an experiment in which I increased the fertility of mice ten-fold by changing their endocrines."
Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

Photo of Cecilia Rosales, M.D.

Cecilia Rosales, M.D.

"Consensus builder for trans–border public health"

"As a child, I discovered the world of medicine through reading. “Chirpas,” a book in Spanish, first piqued my interest. The main character was a young doctor in the most rural and poor communities of Mexico. I was 10 but too shy to share my newfound passion with my parents, siblings or friends. I did not feel "smart enough" and did not know anyone that practiced medicine, nor was I ever encouraged by anyone. Growing up, my family did not have health care and paid for services out–of–pocket and only in emergencies. In high school a core of friends also had an interest in medicine, but I always kept my desire secret. However, my interest was always in helping people help themselves and after college, I spent two years administering a social service program. These two years gave me the experience, maturity and courage to go to medical school, where I soon discovered my niche—public health!"

Photo of Carol Garvey, M.D.

Carol Garvey, M.D.

"Public health advocate, teacher, mentor and caring physician"

"I was an English major in college, but between my junior and senior years in college, I worked with Dr. Vernon Mountcastle, an eminent pioneering neurologist at Johns Hopkins University and found it fascinating. Although I had intended to enter teaching, my husband-to-be convinced me to go to medical school."
Family Medicine

Photo of Christine C. Matson, M.D.

Christine C. Matson, M.D.

"Tireless Advocate and Leader in Medical Education"

"Helping medical students gain competency and experience and become good doctors working with real patients is one of the best rewards I know."
Family Medicine

Photo of Diane D. Homan, M.D.

Diane D. Homan, M.D.

"Taking advantage of a gift…"

"I knew from the age of two, when I learned to talk, that someday I would become a doctor…"
Family Medicine

Photo of Dixie Tooke-Rawlins, D.O.

Dixie Tooke-Rawlins, D.O.

"Dedicated to Serving Rural and Underserved People"

"My personal mission is to help provide more physicians for rural communities. We are trying to build a medical school that will produce compassionate, caring doctors who want to work in rural areas."
Family Medicine

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