Reading on Vocation with Ramona Koval: Doctors
Being a reader isn’t about sitting in an ivory tower, turning your back on the world. The relationship between life and the page is more fluid. We’re shaped by what we read; at home, in our world views and in our careers.
Medical professionals Chris Merry, Rodney Hicks and Jayashri Kulkarni join Ramona Koval to discuss the books that have made their mark on their minds and careers.
Ramona Koval is a writer, journalist, broadcaster and editor. She is an Honorary Fellow at the centre for Advancing Journalism, University of Melbourne.
Professor Rodney Hicks initially trained to be a cardiologist, but then went into nuclear medicine which led to improving imaging techniques for cancer treatment. He is now the director of the Centre for Molecular Imaging, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. He is also the first one in the office to own an e-reader.
Jayashri Kulkarni is Professor of Psychiatry, the Alfred and Monash University in 2002. She directs a large psychiatric research group, the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc), with approximately 119 staff and students. The Centre is dedicated to discovering new treatments, new understanding and new services for people with a range of mental illnesses.
Chris Merry, M.D. specialises in adult cardiac surgery and general thoracic surgery in the Alfred Hospital, CJOB Cardiothoracic Unit. He was educated at Melbourne University in the 90s and was made the CJOB Heart transplant registrar from 2005 to 2006. Chris is also a presenter on Melbourne community radio Triple R’s ‘Radio Therapy’ program. He has a deep interest in surgical history.