Maria's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Poor, Lazy Overachievers

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Cleveland, OH

  • ON DVD:

MARIA SIEMIONOW

Plastic Surgeon
Cleveland Clinic Studio

“It's perceived as 'success' if you dream about something and you achieve it. But between dreaming and achieving, there's work.”

INTERESTS:

Business Medicine

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Culture Passion Pressure Success Experience Opportunity Values Hard Work Choices Individualism Education Family Transitions Exploration Community Focus Struggle

FOUNDATION:

Helping People

TAGS:

decisions, dream, Europe, experiments, happy, language, learning, medical school, money, passion, Poland, positivity, research, science, serendipity, society, success, travel, unpredictable, young

BIOGRAPHY:

  • She grew up in Poland and traveled extensively throughout Europe; quickly learned that medicine was a universal language.
  • Because she learned this so early on, she was always open to go to new places to share and accumulate new knowledge.
  • Says growing up in Poland, medicine was not a particularly lucrative field; she chose it because it was truly a passion.
  • When it was time for her to complete her residency, she knew she wanted to specialize in microsurgery and hand surgery.
  • The best school for her field was the Christine Kleinert Institute in Louisville, Kentucky-she was offered a fellowship and moved to the U.S.
  • Became the director of Plastic Surgery Research and head of Microsurgery Training in the Plastic Surgery department of Cleveland Clinic.
  • In 2008, she led the team that performed the world's first near-total face transplant.
  • Believes that young adults are perfectly equipped to choose a path and dive into a career; says "Napoleon was quite young when he was fighting."

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