Shadowing a urology team, Dr. Rohit Badia observed a surgery to treat cancer using laser technology and became fascinated. His interest in urology checked all the boxes he was looking for: using emerging technology, performing both quick and complex procedures, and caring for patients with quality-of-life issues.
What this award means: I have been fortunate to learn from the amazing faculty and residents in the Department of Urology ever since I expressed interest in the specialty as a second-year student. I am humbled to be recognized for the hard work and passion I have demonstrated for the field.
Mentor comment: Rohit exhibited tremendous scientific curiosity, an indefatigable work ethic, and an enthusiasm that enriched all those around him. We feel very fortunate to have matched Rohit here at UT Southwestern and look forward to guiding him through the next aspect of his urological journey. – Gary Lemack, M.D., Professor of Urology and Neurology, who holds the Helen J. and Robert S. Strauss Professorship in Urology, and the Rose Mary Haggar Professorship in Urology
Background and family: I was born in India and immigrated to the United States with my parents when I was 9 years old. We are now proud American citizens but continue to hold onto our cultural roots. My immigrant background has helped me relate to the diversity of patients I interact with.
What led to your career path: When I shadowed the Urology team, I was immediately captivated. I had the opportunity to witness a surgeon use a laser to treat cancer. After spending time in clinic and doing urology research, I was certain I had found the specialty for me.
College: I graduated summa cum laude from UT Dallas with a Bachelor of Science in biology. I was heavily involved with the undergraduate tutoring program and led sessions in general and organic chemistry.
UTSW activities: As a curriculum representative for my class, I was a liaison between the student body and faculty to recommend changes to the curriculum based on student feedback. I also held leadership positions in United to Serve.
Surprising fact: I enjoy acting! It’s a hobby I picked up in college and have been able to continue in medical school.
Ultimate career goal: This is a tough one. I am interested in the triple threat of academic medicine: clinical care, research, and teaching. I aspire to provide high-quality care to all patients, engage in novel research, and inspire future generations of physicians.
Future plans: I will be pursuing my urology residency at UTSW starting in July. My interest in the field was piqued by the attendings and residents here, so I am thrilled to begin my training alongside their mentorship.
About the award: The award honors Dr. McConnell, a former UTSW faculty member who led Urology from a Division into a Department. He is now Executive Director of Wake Forest Healthcare Ventures in North Carolina, which develops and commercializes health care products and services.