Mariko Sato, MD, PhD

Each September, the AMA recognizes Women in Medicine to "showcase the accomplishments of women physicians." This year, UI Health Care is celebrating our providers for the work they do, including Mariko Sato, MD, PhD.

What made you decide to pursue a career in medicine?

I wanted to take care of sick children. 

What makes University of Iowa Health Care different for women pursuing careers in medicine?

The ability to collaborate and the ease of access to the many opportunities in different divisions and services

Who was a mentor to you that made an impact in your life? Why?

My junior high school teacher, who showed me equality in life and a discipline. My father, who is always gentle and respectful to others.

What words of advice would you give to younger women hoping to begin studies or a career in medicine?

Make sure you put in the hard work, but also find happiness when doing so.

What is a hobby of yours outside of work?

Playing tennis, quilting, sewing, and playing the piano and cello.