Rowena Delos Santos, MD
Medical School: Creighton University. Internship/Residency: University of Michigan. Fellowship/Transplant: Oregon Health and Science University.
Assistant Professor, Washington University in St. Louis
Studies involving infections post transplant, diabetes prevention, medication adherence, long term outcomes/complications of transplant recipients, new treatments for transplant patients.
What made you decide to work in transplantation?:
My second rotation as a general fellow I was assigned to the transplant service, and absolutely loved the experience. From that point onward, I knew that this was what I truly wanted to dedicate my professional life doing. Transplant is a challenging field in many ways, but it allows me to help people who live the life of someone with a debilitating chronic medical problem have a better life. Receiving an organ is a wonderful gift and this profession allows me to help those people along that journey. It is rewarding for me to see patients who I’ve evaluated, then go through a transplant, and get back to a reasonably normal life afterward. It is wonderful to see them at their return visit every year doing well. Seeing these patients also drives my desire to discover additional ways to help improve our treatments and management of these patients.
What do you find to be the most valuable aspect of your work?:
I value the discoveries we make when we strive to improve our care of patients. I also value the connections and collaborations I’ve made with people because of my work – the patients, other like-minded professionals I have had the opportunity to meet and collaborate with, my colleagues/NPs/PAs/fellows/residents/students, our nursing staff both inpatient and outpatient.
My favorite thing about traveling to different countries is the ability to try out the authentic foods of the countries I visit – some of which I would not have tried otherwise.