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AUDIO: Dr. Lishan Aklog - Why Did You Become A Cardiologist?

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I came at, actually I was 13, although I had lived here earlier, when my, for a few years when my father was doing his residency, and just as a point, actually as interesting as my life and my sister’s lives have been, my parents actually had much more fascinating lives in terms of what they were able to overcome to get our family positioned to where we are now.

Todd Hartley:
Yeah, I have read in your bio that your father was the first cardiologist to practice in Ethiopia and your mother was the country’s first woman to receive a graduate university education, which she did it from Harvard where you also went.

Dr. Lishan Aklog:
Right, I look back up my mother in say, you know, 1956, you can imagine what some of the issues in this country were to have this petite little African woman from the small poor country land in Boston and at Harvard to get a graduate eduction. I think about that and I am just absolutely amazed at what she has accomplished over the years, going back home and being again, the first woman to have her graduate education and to be one of the first professors at the university. She really became an international figure in child development and so on and so forth. It’s an amazing inspiration for us.

Todd Hartley:
Well you really had some huge shoes to fill.

Dr. Lishan Aklog:
And you know my father came from a very humble background. Earned his way through the western school so the British had Ethiopians able to exult regardless of their economic background could get through and he just got through on just sheer work and brains and ended up getting a medical degree of the American University Bariatric, which is affiliate of Columbia, and then he did his residency in the U.S. and then went back and became one of the leading physicians for, you know, 40 years.

Todd Hartley:
Dr. Aklog, how old were you when you enrolled at Harvard?

Dr. Lishan Aklog:
I was 15, going on 16.

Todd Hartley:
And how long did it take?

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