Meet the September 2019 Alumni White Coat Speaker.
For the Love of Children: An Alumna’s Journey from Nurse to MD
Learn how one RUSM alumnus’ drive to succeed has led to multiple leadership roles during residency.
Well into his eighth month of residency, Dr. Ronen takes a moment and appreciates how far he has come on his medical career.
Making an Impact: Ross Alumnus sets his Sights High and Becomes a Change-agent for a Better Tomorrow
Learn how two Ross grads are creating a perfect fit through targeted fellowship appointments.
For Dr. Agarwal, helping people is second nature, and is what led him to become a physician. Throughout high school, and later in college at Johns Hopkins, he volunteered in hospitals and organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and Project Prevent. It was one experience on a Boy Scout camping trip, however, that still stands out.
When Dr. DeAnn Bing was young, she was diagnosed with severe scoliosis and underwent spinal correction surgery. The Orthopedic surgeon that performed her surgery articulated such care and compassion that it deeply resonated with DeAnn. He was attentive and considerate, preparing and educating Bing and her family on the surgical procedure, answering their questions and addressing their concerns. Soon after, Bing decided to pursue in medicine, to give back and inspire others, just like the Orthopedic Surgeon that operated on her as a young girl.
Growing up in a family of physicians, Dr. Joshua Mansour started volunteering in the local community medical clinics and hospitals while young. He thoroughly relished in the experience and was immediately drawn to the positive patient interactions. With the encouragement of his family to explore his diverse interests and not pressure him in to medicine, Dr. Mansour pursued a career in private wealth management and finance after college. However, he continued to yearn for the patient and physician relationship in healthcare.
As he was completing his Biomedical Engineering degree from the University of Texas, Austin, Dr. Irvin Sulapas began searching for his next intellectual challenge. Having always been fascinated by the functionalities of the human anatomy and serendipitously realizing he had the pre-requisites necessary to apply to medical school, he started to consider a path to becoming a physician. He soon began to study for the MCAT and exploring different medical school options.
As a child in Sierra Leone, Dr. Brian Temple’s interest in science was fostered by his inquisitive spirit. He was often intrigued by the inner working of his toys and would take them apart, trying to figure out their functioning mechanism. He would also build model homes and would wire them to have battery controlled electricity. He thought his initial path in life would lead him into a career in engineering, but he changed his course during his anatomy class in high school. He realized that he was continually fascinated and curious by the functionality of the human anatomy.
Since he was a young child, Dr. Brian Chou has led an incredibly active lifestyle. He played tennis in middle school and high school to weight lifting and bodybuilding in college and medical school, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu through his residency and fellowship. It was his early interest in sports and the keen understanding that nutrition was the foundation of human health that led Dr. Chou to pursue a career in medicine.
Growing up, Dr. Ryan Day, was continually inspired by his hard-working and compassionate mother. As a clinical psychologist, he saw first-hand how deeply she impacted her patients’ lives. Frequently she was stopped in public and patients would enumerate the numerous ways she had helped them. Seeing the impact she had in healthcare, combined with her unwavering work ethic, Dr. Day was inspired to follow her footsteps into medicine.
Inspired by his time as a New York State Paramedic and member of the Nassau County Police Department, Dr. Gary Goodman deviated from his plans of pursuing a career in law for his true passion, medicine.
Learn how Dr. Swazo's mother and successful and passionate fight against cancer inspired him to pursue a career in medicine.
Jessica Shepherd, '05 is an OB/GYN, women's health expert and the founder of Her Viewpoint, an online women's health forum that focuses on addressing uncomfortable health topics in a compassionate setting.
F. Scott Ross, MD ’10 always knew he wanted to study medicine. He initially applied to medical school after graduating from the College of Charleston in 1992 with a BS Biology degree.
A Ross University School of Medicine grad shares her path to becoming Chief Resident in General Surgery at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Following in his family’s footsteps, Dr. Michael Fiocco pursed a career in medicine at Ross University School of Medicine. More than three decades later, he’s the Chief of Cardiac Surgeon in Baltimore.
Learn how a part-time job helped shape the future of this Pain Medicine specialist and former Chief Resident.
Dr. Kent Crighton knew from an early age he wanted to pursue a career in medicine. His cousin was a physician and he had a strong interest in the sciences throughout his life.
Dr. Ippolito started his journey with RUSM in 1982 – four years after the institution opened. Nearly forty years later, he has served on staff with RUSM for more than two decades in his career in medicine.
From physician assistant to partner in a 50+ physician group, learn more about this alumnus from one of Ross' first graduating classes.