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Michael Wallace, MD, MPH

1990-91 Sarnoff Fellow

Professor and Vice Chairman of Medicine
Division of Gastroenterology
Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida

Michael's father, Dr. Andy Wallace, was a scientist in Dr. Sarnoff's lab at NIH.

What impact did the Sarnoff Fellowship year have on your career?

The exposure to research early on in my training put the "fire in my belly" (literally, as I ended up going into gastrointestinal research).


Why should medical students consider the Sarnoff Fellowship apart from other programs?

Sarnoff offers the "whole package" of research, mentorship, and long term career development opportunities.


What are your professional aspirations?

To be able to tell my patients that we have an in depth understanding of their disease and have treatments that are curative and based on that undergoing.


What is your greatest professional accomplishment?

My first fully published first author paper, the day I finished fellowship, in the Annals of Internal Medicine. I smiled all day.


What is your most memorable Sarnoff moment?

Dinner at the Sarnoff's house in Bethesda and meeting Mrs. Sarnoff. I also very much enjoyed the link with my father's research, who worked in Dr. Sarnoff's lab at NIH in the 1950s.


What are your hobbies?

I have a wonderful wife and 3 boys with whom I spend most of my free time. We go to the beach, surf, play tennis, and run. My teenager likes to play paintball so I do that to (not my favorite, but I enjoy the time with him).

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