James H. Tabibian, M.D.

Why did you choose research as a career?

As a clinician, witnessing the physical and emotional suffering of patients with chronic, idiopathic and incurable disorders inspired me to pursue a career through which I could better understand the molecular underpinnings of disease and develop targeted therapies that are both effective and safe.

With that in mind, a career in research represents a challenge that has the potential to advance science and improve patient care, and when it does so, the outcomes can be quite rewarding for all involved.

What attracted you to Mayo Graduate School?

I initially came to Mayo Clinic as a National Institutes of Health T32-track fellow in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and my decision to come to Mayo was greatly influenced by the unique opportunity to augment my education through Mayo Graduate School while in fellowship training.

Mayo Graduate School has an ideal position within the overall institution, and in addition, it offers the privilege of being able to work alongside and under the mentorship of expert scientists, including international leaders in primary sclerosing cholangitis and other biliary disorders.

Why did you choose the clinical and translational science track?

Its flexible, multidisciplinary curriculum and warm, innovative and supportive leadership.

What do you like about Rochester, Minn.?

Most everything you need is within just a few minutes.

What are your plans for the future?

Ultimately, I hope my training will allow me to become a physician-endoscopist-scientist and thereby improve the understanding of and care and outcomes for patients with biliary disorders.

  • July 1, 2013
  • PRO670853