Dr. Ina Park Rhee is a resident in internal medicine at Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital. She has only recently launched her medical career, although she has begun with an impressive achievementin May 2002 she graduated with both an M.D. and a Ph.D. in human genetics.
During her undergraduate years at Harvard University, Ina Rhee spent her summers studying cell biology at the National Institutes of Health. In 1995 she graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in chemistry and headed directly to Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland.
Over the next seven years, she pursued combined-degree training in the Medical Scientist Training Program. Under the direction of Bert Vogelstein, M.D., and Kenneth Kinzler, Ph.D., she conducted research on the genetic basis of colorectal cancer. An elected member of the Alpha Omega Alpha national honor medical society, Dr. Rhee graduated from Hopkins with both an M.D. and a Ph.D. in human genetics in May 2002.
Throughout her studies and now as a young academic physician, Dr. Rhee has demonstrated great single-mindedness. She comments, although, that "tennis game and piano playing have gone downhill since embarking on her medical adventure."
Dr. Rhee looks forward to her medical career with great excitement, "Undoubtedly life will remain hectic in the foreseeable future, but promises to be challenging, exciting, and rewarding."