Hao Tran, MD, reads with a pediatric patient

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 Hao Tran, MD, FAAP.

Why is it important to recognize women in medicine?

Women’s work outside and inside the home is under recognized and underappreciated. Spotlighting women in medicine makes a statement to girls and young women who are considering medicine or any field that they are important, that their future endeavors matter and will make a difference.

What made you decide to pursue a career in medicine?

My decision to become a physician was somewhat naive. I enjoyed studying and wanted to serve others. Medicine seemed like the path to fulfill both goals.

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

Keep hope. Be proud of your achievements and goals. The practice of medicine needs improvement but at its core is a noble and fulfilling profession. You will make it better.

What is a hobby of yours outside of work?

Staying physically healthy through running, yoga, and cooking for my family. It is a hobby and way of life that keeps me happy and balanced.

This year’s theme for Women in Medicine month is “Women in Medicine: Trailblazers, Advocates, Leaders.” What does this theme mean to you personally?

The theme “Women in Medicine: Trailblazers, Advocates, Leaders” means that I am in excellent company. Thinking about these women inspires me to challenge myself.

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