Roongruedee Chaiteerakij, M.D.
Why did you choose research as a career?
I am fascinated by exploring new things and excited by the discovery of new knowledge using the process of the scientific method. In addition, scientific research provides me with an opportunity to contribute some knowledge to our medical society.
Making a valuable contribution to the advance of the hepatobiliary cancer field that helps improve the patient care is the ultimate aim that fulfills my career goal.
What attracted you to Mayo Graduate School?
Mayo Graduate School provides a good research environment and academic atmosphere.
Why did you choose the clinical and translational science track?
My ultimate goal is to improve liver and bile duct cancer treatment outcomes through translation of our discoveries from the bench to the bedside and community. I aim to translate discovery to new treatments and change the paradigms of clinical practice.
The didactic course work and additional mentored research experience provide me with the necessary skills to become an independent clinician-investigator in the years to come.
What do you like about Rochester, Minn.?
Mayo people and Mayo culture.
What are your plans for the future?
My career goal is to be a qualified physician-scientist and an expert in the field of hepatobiliary cancer. I would like to pursue my career as an academic hepatologist. Being an academician provides me with the opportunity to do all of the jobs I love and enjoy, including teaching medical students, taking care of patients and conducting research.
For research in particular, my goal is to conduct research that will improve our understanding of the pathogenesis and the predictive and prognostic factors of this disease with the hope of eventually advancing hepatobiliary cancer treatment.