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Peter Anderson
Medical Resident, Otolaryngology
University of Cincinnati

Peter Anderson

Peter received his Doctor of Medicine with Research Distinction from Saint Louis University, and his Bachelor of Arts in Biology with Minors in Chemistry and Spanish from the University of Utah.  He is currently a resident in Otolaryngology at the University of Cincinnati. Peter treats a wide variety of diseases including benign and aggressive cancers, complex ear surgery, sinus disease, voice and speech disorders, and facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. This diversity is both challenging and satisfying and keeps things interesting.

How has your participation in the Bioscience Program had an impact on your career?
Being exposed to science, and in particular research, early in my career was an enormous help for me in many regards.  As an undergraduate biology major I wasn't just reading about the tests and techniques in a book, I was actually in a lab performing them.  This helped me immensely with my studies.  These research skills that I acquired also were applicable as a medical student.  I had learned the skills needed to perform clinical research and graduated with a distinction in research and published studies in major otolaryngology journals.  As a physician having a research background is invaluable in trying to determine better and innovative ways to treat diseases and in critically assessing current scientific literature.

What advice would you give current students who aspire to follow a similar career path?

The best way to know if this is what you want to do is to follow (shadow) a surgeon and see what we do.  Becoming an otolaryngologist is a long road, so it helps to see the end result.  I knew it would be worth the hard work when I first shadowed an otolaryngologist and saw the amazing things he got to do day in and day out.

What accomplishments are you most proud of (professionally and/or personally)?
Professionally I find great satisfaction in the career I have chosen.  I find surgery of the head and neck to be challenging, mentally stimulating, and enjoyable.  I enjoy interacting with patients and being able to treat their head and neck concerns both medically and surgically.
Personally I take great pride in my family, my wonderful wife Heather and our three great kids (Emily, Abby and Jake).

What do you enjoy doing with your free time?  Family?  Hobbies?  Interests?
I spend the majority of my free time with my family. We like to watch movies together, play sports, and build things out of Lego’s.  I enjoy film, playing the guitar, and discovering new and interesting restaurants.

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