Faris M. Murad, M.B., B.Ch.
What attracted you to gastroenterology?
"I developed an interest in the gastrointestinal diseases when I started doing research during my Master's program in biotechnology. At that time, I worked on a project to try to find a serological marker for pancreatic cancer. It was during my Master's program I realized my true passion would be attending medical school and treating patients. During medical school, I was fascinated with gastrointestinal pathology and the associated malignancies. As I started my clinical rotations, my interest in gastroenterology deepened when I realized I would have the opportunity to take care of patients with GI malignancies. While completing my residency, I realized that the practical aspects of gastroenterology would be a perfect fit for me. The multiple organ systems and number of diseases that are encountered is intellectually challenging. The ability to provide diagnostic and therapeutic applications of acute and chronic GI diseases is rewarding."
What attracted you to Mayo Clinic for fellowship training?
"I knew during my fellowship that I wanted to receive training in advanced therapeutic endoscopy. Mayo Clinic is a known leader in the field of gastroenterology, and in particular, therapeutic endoscopy. The therapeutic endoscopy group is world renowned for their work; and it's constantly on the cutting-edge of research to help provide the best clinical care for patients. Cases include a broad range of routine and complex pathology. During my interview, it was obvious how down-to-earth everyone was; along with their commitment to training fellows. I knew this environment would allow me to excel clinically and give me ample opportunity to pursue clinical research projects."
What makes the Mayo Clinic Gastroenterology Fellowship unique?
"The program is specifically designed with the fellow's interest in mind. I've been extremely impressed with the availability of the staff in helping foster my development. Their commitment to our professional development was obvious from the start. The opportunity to pursue clinical research projects with the superb mentorship available is an important part in developing academic gastroenterologists. A number of projects result in published works, which is a reflection on the quality of work being performed. To have so many experts in every subspecialty within GI from whom to learn is truly a unique opportunity."
Anything surprise you about Mayo's program?
"The biggest surprise has been the incredible organization of Mayo Clinic. The system has been created to maximize our time for learning, research and patient care. There are a number of people who support my day-to-day activities; thus, I'm able to focus on my training and personal development as an academic gastroenterologist."
What is living in Rochester like for you?
"Rochester is a wonderful place to live and work. It's amazing how quickly it grows on you. I think one of the greatest attributes of Rochester is the number of people living here from other countries. I constantly meet people from all over the world who have come to Mayo to train. The opportunity to interact with them professionally and socially is really unique."
What does your future look like right now?
"Having the opportunity to train at Mayo with world-renowned leaders in the field of therapeutic endoscopy has been incredible. I am currently interviewing at a number of reputable institutions for positions in therapeutic endoscopy. I believe that my training has prepared me to be a successful leader in the field of gastroenterology and therapeutic endoscopy."