Katherine Riordan, M.D.

What attracted you to medicine and neurology?
Working as a physician is frequently challenging and stimulating, and always rewarding. That said, I find neurology to be the most fascinating field as we have so much yet to learn about how the mind works and how the body functions. Therefore we have much to learn about ourselves. I feel that no other field is so young in terms of how much ground we have left to cover. The potential benefits of unlocking those secrets are enormous.

What attracted you to Mayo Clinic for residency training?
The residents and faculty here are remarkably happy. In an academic institution known for excellence, to find a truly content set of colleagues and mentors is amazing. I could not have picked a more ideal set of working conditions.

What makes Mayo Clinic Arizona's Neurology Residency unique?
We have some of the world's best neurologists in their respective subspecialties and since we are such a tight-knit program, we truly become like friends and family. If you find a mentor you want to work with, there are no barriers to approaching that person and modulating your training in preparation for how you wish to mold your future career.

What is living in Arizona (Phoenix/Scottsdale) like for you?
The Phoenix area has something for everyone. Great music, art and food are all available. Being from Florida, I'm also a huge fan of the weather, as I love being outdoors. We are also a short drive to higher ground in Flagstaff, which is a great escape from the summer heat with hiking and winter skiing.

What does your future look like right now?
I can tell that I'm going to have great opportunities ahead of me. I don't know exactly what I want to subspecialize in, but I'm confident that I have all the resources I need to make my choice a reality.