My forty years in Cardiology have been exciting and have changed dramatically every 5-7 years of my career. I actually wasn’t interested in medicine until after I finished college, because I was more interested in biochemistry. But then I ultimately got into some medical research, and then was encouraged to go to medical school — and it turned out to be a very good decision. I went to the University of Chicago, and did very well there. I really liked medical school. And then I did my training after medical school in medicine and Cardiology at Harvard/Mass General Hospital. Then, after seven years of doing that, I moved to Seattle, and have been in three institutions since that time, including two large group practices with hundreds of doctors and many specialty clinics. I was then asked to go over to the University of Washington to one of their main teaching hospitals to start a heart failure program, which I did, and then got roped again into a lot of administrative things, and so quickly became chief of cardiology, and started this and started that. So a lot of what I’ve done is actually me taking stock and asking “Well, what’s going on here? How can we make it better?” So I’ve started lots of programs.
I also did a special fellowship and echocardiography at Mass General. I’ve always been interested in cardiac imaging. I was also an invasive but non- interventional cardiologist. I like doing things with my hands, and the manual dexterity that it takes to do things like that.