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Pre-Health Alumni and Careers

More than 1,000+ alumni are working in medicine and the health sciences -- including nursing, therapy, dentistry, and veterinary medicine, as well as physicians in all specialties.


Alumni in Medicine

Steven Bachta '03, physician and pediatric hospitalist at Seattle Children's Hospital Steven Bachta, M.D. '03
Physician, Pediatric Hospitalist
Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle,
Washington

The process of being admitted into medical school is extremely stressful, requiring a high GPA and exceptional MCAT scores. Having the early admission program relieved much of that 'pre-med' academic pressure for Steven and allowed him to explore interests outside the classroom, like working in the sports training room and playing tennis.

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  • Cardiologist, Mayo Clinic
  • Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Rush University Medical Center
  • Chairman of Neurosurgery/Director, Barrow Neurological Institute
  • Chief of Orthopedic Surgery, Northwest Hospital
  • Emergency Room Physician, Children's Memorial Hospital
  • Facial Plastic Surgeon, University of Illinois-Chicago
  • Gastroenterologist, Mayo Clinic
  • Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic
  • Internal Medicine, Southwestern Medical Clinic
  • Neonatologist, University of California-San Diego Medical Center
  • Obstetrician/Gynecologist, Rush University Medical Center
  • Orthopedic Spine Surgeon, Orthopedics and Scoliosis, LLC
  • Pediatric Cardiologist/Neonatal, CentraCare Health System
  • Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist, Children's Hospital
  • Plastic Surgeon, Rush University Medical Center
  • Trauma Surgery Resident, Innsbruck Medical University
  • Urologist, LaFayette Clinic of Urology

Valerie Cwik '77, executive vice president of research and medical director at the Muscular Dystrophy Association Valerie Cwik, M.D. '77
Medical Director and Executive Vice President of Research
Muscular Dystrophy Association, Tucson, Arizona

The educational foundation that Valerie received at Knox, including critical thinking and writing skills, served her well at Rush Medical College in Chicago and set the stage for her research in neuromuscular disease and as the chief spokesperson for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).

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  • Cardiologist, Mayo Clinic
  • Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Rush University Medical Center
  • Chairman of Neurosurgery/Director, Barrow Neurological Institute
  • Chief of Orthopedic Surgery, Northwest Hospital
  • Emergency Room Physician, Children's Memorial Hospital
  • Facial Plastic Surgeon, University of Illinois-Chicago
  • Gastroenterologist, Mayo Clinic
  • Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic
  • Internal Medicine, Southwestern Medical Clinic
  • Neonatologist, University of California-San Diego Medical Center
  • Obstetrician/Gynecologist, Rush University Medical Center
  • Orthopedic Spine Surgeon, Orthopedics and Scoliosis, LLC
  • Pediatric Cardiologist/Neonatal, CentraCare Health System
  • Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist, Children's Hospital
  • Plastic Surgeon, Rush University Medical Center
  • Trauma Surgery Resident, Innsbruck Medical University
  • Urologist, LaFayette Clinic of Urology

Alumni in the Health Sciences

Kandy Sayrs '82, dentist in Galesburg Kandy Sayrs, D.D.S. '82
Dentist
Galesburg, Illinois

A Galesburg native drawn to the medical field, Kandy knew about Knox's reputation of high acceptance rates into medical and dental schools before she applied. And while she knew she would be challenged by her professors, she also found in them a supportive family of professionals.

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Dentistry

  • Dentist, University of Utah
  • Endodontist, U.S. Air Force

Medical Education

  • Associate Professor of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University
  • Professor of Medicine, Georgetown University

Medical Research

  • Director of Surgical Research, Yale School of Medicine
  • Senior Sleep Research Technologist, University of Chicago

Mental Health

  • Child/Family Therapist, Kenneth Young Center
  • Psychiatrist, John Umstead Hospital

Nursing

  • Nurse Administrator, Children's Home Society of Missouri
  • Registered Nurse/Clinical Nurse Specialist, Creighton University Medical Center

Occupational Medicine

  • Director of Occupational Medicine, Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center
  • Physical Therapist, Olympic Physical Therapy

Optometry/Opthamology

  • Opthamologist, Affiliated Eye Surgeons
  • Optometrist, Eyesight Associates

Other Health Science Fields

  • Paramedic, Medstar
  • Risk Manager, Lake Forest Hospital

Pharmaceutical

  • Oncology Senior Manager, Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Pharmacist, Eli Lilly and Company

Public Health/Health Services

  • Epidemiologist, Ohio Department of Health
  • Public Health Advisor, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Veterinary Medicine

  • Veterinarian, Lake Geneva Animal Hospital
  • Veterinary Diagnostics, Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

Alumni in Medical or Professional School

Shaunak Mulani, medical student at GWU Shaunak Mulani '12
Medical School Student
George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

Through the Knox-George Washington University Early Selection Program, Shaunak was offered admission to the school during his sophomore year. This gave him the freedom to pursue other interests, like Rotaract Club, varsity tennis, Student Senate, Pre-Health Club, SAAC (Student Athlete Advisory Committee), and Knox Ambassadors.

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  • Albany Medical College
  • George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Howard University College of Medicine
  • Illinois College of Optometry
  • Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Medical School for International Health
  • Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
  • Rush University Medical Center
  • Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
  • University of Chicago Medicine
  • University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • University of Illinois College of Medicine-Chicago, Peoria, and Rockford
  • University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine
  • University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
  • University of Kansas Medical Center
  • University of Kentucky College of Medicine
  • University of Missouri School of Medicine
  • University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Medicine
  • University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  • University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
  • Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
  • Wayne State University School of Medicine
  • West Virginia University School of Medicine
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