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Ross Alumnus Matches for Sought-After Fellowship Appointment at UW-Madison

05/25/10

Dr. Mian M.K. Shahzad

Dr. Mian M.K. Shahzad

North Brunswick, NJ–May 25, 2010—Mian M.K. Shahzad, MD, MS, a 2003 Ross University School of Medicine graduate, has become the first Pakistani-American to match for specialized training in gynecologic oncology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health.

One of only two international medical graduates to be accepted for this position, Dr. Shahzad noted that the fellowship includes training which encompasses all aspects of treating malignancies related to the female reproductive tract, including training in open, minimally-invasive and robotic surgery; chemotherapy; radiation therapy; and palliative care.

“Last year, only 36 sites competed in the matching process; thus, due to the high number of qualified applications and limited number of training positions, these fellowship spots have always been very competitive,” he explained. “It has been my dream to become a gynecologic oncologist and work as a physician-scientist. This job will allow me to care for women with gynecologic malignancies as well as advance the field by helping to bring novel technologies that detect cancer at an earlier stage to improve patients’ quality of life and survival.”

Dr. Shahzad learned about Ross from a fellow undergraduate student at New Jersey-based Rutgers University and quickly decided that it was right for him.

“I’ve wanted to be a physician for as long as I can remember, and I felt that Ross was a once in a lifetime opportunity. In my opinion, the diversity of experience, depth of knowledge, and tools that were given to me at Ross have built a strong foundation and set the stage for my further training in residency, as well as my professional career. The resources and curriculum at Ross were equivalent to, and sometimes surpassed, most US schools. Ross offered me all that was needed to excel as a compassionate physician. My last two years of medical school included clinical rotations at hospitals in places of my choice that ranked among the best in the country. Looking back, going to Ross was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.”

Just one month after receiving his MD degree from Ross, Dr. Shahzad matched with his first choice for residency training in OBGYN at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he received the David H. Nichols Overall Excellence in Surgery Award. After completing his residency, he joined Baylor College of Medicine as an assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, as well as a Women Reproductive Health Research Scholar (WRHR). Supported by the National Institutes of Health/National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development, the Baylor WRHR program is one of only 20 such programs available in the US. At Baylor, Dr. Shahzad also had the privilege of working under the mentorship of a world-renowned physician-scientist and authority in ovarian cancer research, Dr. Anil K. Sood.

Dr. Shahzad’s additional accomplishments include being awarded a highly competitive grant from the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation and recognition from the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists for his work comparing the gene expression differences in angiogenesis in wound versus ovarian cancers. Since 2007, he has participated in more than 25 basic science research projects related to ovarian cancer, many of which have been published in prestigious scientific journals. Recently, his work entitled, “Chronic stress reduces the effectiveness of chemotherapy,” was voted the winner of the Basic Science Poster Award at the 41st Annual Meeting of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists.

Upon completion of his fellowship training, Dr. Shahzad would like to join an academic center where he not only can practice medicine and continue to perform translational research, but where he can also continue the tradition of training the next generation of physicians.

When asked what words of wisdom he could give to aspiring physicians, Dr. Shahzad quoted a section of Theodore Roosevelt’s 1910 speech at the Sorbonne:

“It is not the critic who counts, nor the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

About Ross University School of Medicine
Ross University was founded in 1978 and is a provider of medical and veterinary education offering doctor of medicine and doctor of veterinary medicine degree programs. Located in Dominica, West Indies, the School of Medicine places more graduates into US residencies annually than any other medical school in the world and has clinical education centers in Miami, FL, Saginaw, MI, and Freeport, Grand Bahama. The School of Veterinary Medicine is located in St. Kitts.

Ross University’s administrative offices are located in North Brunswick, NJ. For more information about Ross University, visit www.RossU.edu or call 732.509.4600/877.ROSS.EDU.

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