The Ohio State University cardiologist has been on the list continuously since 2015.

Why cardiology?
Although I had known that I would be a doctor since preschool, it was during my high school biology class that I fell in love with the cardiovascular system. I love how the heart, arteries and veins “talk” to each other and cooperate.

The most rewarding part of your job?
Successfully treating a patient suffering from a massive heart attack … and later seeing that patient enjoying an active, fulfilling life.

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The proudest moment of your career?
It’s very hard to pick one, but I was recently selected “Professor of the Year” by the 2019 graduating class of the Ohio State University College of Medicine. It’s an award indicating that they consider me the most impactful professor in their four years of medical school. Since my passion for teaching is the reason why I left private practice to join an academic medical center 12 years ago, I was incredibly moved by this recognition.

You’ve focused on implicit bias in your teaching. What can doctors do to reduce unconscious prejudice?
When a physician has an implicit negative bias related to the patient in front of them, it can lead to misdiagnosis, awkward communication and the withholding of potentially life-saving treatments. Simple strategies that can reduce implicit bias in one-on-one interactions include discussing common identities or interests with the patient (love of music, food, sports teams, etc.); building empathy for the patient by mentally “walking a mile in their shoes.”

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