“It gives me great satisfaction knowing that I operate for two reasons: to give someone a better quality of life or a longer life. It is truly a privilege to do this for a living.
Yes, the career involves a lot of sacrifices, emotional rollercoasters and dedication but the rewards are immense. As an academic surgeon, it’s an honor to positively influence, inspire and help build future cardiothoracic surgeons. I’ve been fortunate to have great mentors and opportunities. For this I am forever grateful and really hope to give back to the next generation.
And of course this would be impossible without the love and support of my family and friends. Lucky to have their never-ending encouragement and patience! Do what you love and love what you do!”
Dr. Stephanie Fuller is an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. She is also the Surgical Director of the Philadelphia Adult Congenital Heart Center and the Program Director for the Congenital Cardiothoracic Surgery Training Program at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She is a fascinating woman boht in and out of the OR. She expresses a commitment to rhino conservation, which is one of her passions, and considers riding horses to be her lifeline.