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

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I know how long it took me to get through the University of Arizona. I sure hope it didn’t take as long as it took me. How old were you when you graduated from Harvard?

Dr. Lishan Aklog:
Let’s see, I guess I was, well I mean I did my undergraduate I was 19, I guess and then went on to medical school for four more years. So, I had a lot of years ahead of me to become a heart surgeon, so it was a good thing I got an early start.

Todd Hartley:

Wait a second. My notes say that you are the youngest heart surgeon ever to join the Harvard faculty. Is that true?

Dr. Lishan Aklog:
Someone had told me that. I don’t know if it’s ever been really, if it’s ever been confirmed but I suspect it’s probably true.

Todd Hartley:
Well that’s really impressive, I mean considering where your families come from and, you know, nobody in my family has gone on to be a cardiologist or a cardiothoracic surgeon so, you guys are really putting us to shame.

Dr. Lishan Aklog:
No, I don’t know. I mean, again, I think it goes back, as with anybody, and I tell my kids this, and others, really, at the end of the day, what it comes down to is, you know, your parents, your family, your, people who have mentored you through your life and who have established, you know, instilled some confidence and some desire to excel and that’s where, really, it all comes, that’s what it comes down to, being given the opportunities along the way.

Todd Hartley:
Dr. Aklog, you spent a lot of time at Brigham Women’s, Boston Children’s Hospital, at Harvard, what is it about that institution of Harvard Medical that just makes it one of the leading facilities in the world?

Dr. Lishan Aklog:
I think it must be something in the water.

Todd Hartley:
Really?

Dr. Lishan Aklog:

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