Iatros winner See was inspired by his classmates

By Erin Prather Stafford

Dr. Isaac See was elected by his classmates in the UT Southwestern Medical School Class of 2008 to receive the annual Iatros Award, which is ironic because it was he who looked up to those classmates while he was in medical school.

The award, sponsored by the Southwestern Medical School Alumni Association, has three criteria: The winner must have the ability to work with others, and must have both clinical prowess and the desire to deliver quality patient care.

Dr. Isaac See

"My classmates are very talented. I credit them with motivating and inspiring me to do the best I can," said Dr. See. "It means a lot to have them not just nominate me, but also vote for me."

Now a resident in internal medicine at UT Southwestern, he also was named to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

Although he was born in Dallas to parents originally from Taiwan, Dr. See spent most of his childhood in Austin and Phoenix. He then moved to California to pursue an undergraduate degree in mathematics and biology at the California Institute of Technology. He returned to Dallas in 2004 to pursue a medical degree at
UT Southwestern because he was inspired by an older brother who also had graduated from the school.

"Growing up I had thought about becoming a physician, but in high school my focus was basic science and mathematics," he said. "Starting college I planned to become a math professor. At the same time I did have this interest in biological science. That led to biology classes and a realization I really wanted to work with people. Medicine combines those two desires."

As a resident in internal medicine, he is pursuing his interest in infectious disease, which stems from an epidemiology elective he completed in 2007 with the National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne and Enteric Diseases in Atlanta.

His second special interest is music. In his spare time he is a classical violinist and has occasionally played at weddings.

During medical school, Dr. See also participated in a variety of community projects. He credits his involvement with Christian groups on campus for influencing how he approaches both patients and colleagues.

"Medicine is a healing art, and my faith reminds me to treat everyone with dignity and respect, even on the days when my patience is tested," he said. "That simple value will continue to influence how I practice medicine during my residency."