Author: [AUTHOR] Published on 6/30/2022 12:05:00 PM
Naomi Gronich, MD, Assistant Professor, Carmel Medical Center, Haifa, Israel
What are you looking forward to as a new vice chair of the Drug Utilization & Outcomes (DUO) Community?
I am looking forward to enhancing pharmacoepidemiology science to shed light on rare adverse effects as well as on the effectiveness of drugs in the real world. Pharmacoepidemiology methods might serve to study special populations, such as the very old or the young, those underrepresented in clinical trials, and even to study pharmacogenetic-defined populations. I am looking forward to deepening the knowledge of state-of-the-art methods, as well as on potential pitfalls in pharmacoepidemiology. I am enthusiastic to engage new members in our Community. My anticipation is to enable more meetings virtually, and hopefully face-to-face, to facilitate nourishing conversations and collaborations.
Who has inspired you in your career?
Professor Michael Lishner, the head of the internal medicine department in Israel, where I grew up to be the physician I am, taught me the clinical and concise way of thinking and empathy. Further, he inspired my desire for research and an academic career, along with the mission to bolster young physicians for critical thinking and research. Dr. Darrell R. Abernethy, my mentor in the ClinPRAT program at the National Institutes of Health, taught me pharmacology and the beauty of applying the science of pharmacology to clinical medicine. Contemporaneously, Darrell encouraged my urge to dive into the heart of research questions by various strategies down to basic science and inspired me to have an open mind and original attitude.
What has been the greatest challenge in your career?
As a young physician, my greatest challenge was balancing family and career, being a mother to four wonderful boys and a wife of a (very) busy manager in a software company. However, the balance has improved as I have grown in my career, developed my professional skills, and learned to separate the wheat from the chaff more efficiently (and as my boys have grown older).
What is your favorite Society memory?
Annual Meetings were always something to anticipate. Attending inspiring once-in-a-lifetime State of the Art sessions such as Dr. Robert S. Langer's lecture at the ASCPT 2019 Annual Meeting has been one of my best experiences.
How do you keep focused and motivated?
Patients I see in the emergency department as an internist once a week keep me alert. Each patient is a whole new puzzle. To make the right decision, I need to find out during a short encounter what the patient’s problem is, and what the right approach toward the solution is. Bringing in my pharmacology background provides an additional dimension to consider and to teach the medical students. It is always a new challenge that keeps me curious and motivated.
The second source for my passion arises while reading the scientific literature. It is a kind of a wonder to me how (without any guiding hand) new studies build upon blocks laid by previous researchers and at the same time open up new questions awaiting fresh answers. I finish reading good papers with wonderful ideas thanks to all the great scientists.
Naomi has been a member of ASCPT since 2006.