the torch Summer 2016, Issue 2 - Page 22

Meded profile TI A N A ENDICOT T-YA ZDA NI T iana Endicott-Yazdani, M.D., Ph.D., is an intern in the internal medicine residency program at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas. Her ultimate goal is to become an infectious disease doctor. She earned her undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University and her M.D. and Ph.D. degrees at Texas A&M Health Science Center. During medical school, her research focused on microbial and molecular pathogenesis, specifically the molecular mechanisms that allow Salmonella Typhimurium to withstand the innate immune response. What brought you to Baylor? When Texas A&M Health Science Center and Baylor Dallas came together to allow third- and fourthyear medical students to do clinical rotations at Baylor Dallas, it was one of the happiest days of my life. It meant that after six long years of being apart from my husband, we could finally be together again. So many things at Baylor Dallas impressed me, and I decided it was where I wanted to continue the next phase of my training. I am proud to be a member of the internal medicine resident training program. Are there any research projects you are involved in that excite you? I am currently working with Dr. Cristie Columbus, Dr. Edward Pearson and Dr. Rahaf Al Masri on a project affecting one of the most vulnerable populations at Baylor — the immune-compromised transplant population. What differentiates Baylor from other health care organizations? Organizations are defined by the people who work for them. Baylor is special because of the quality, evidence-based medicine practiced by caring, compassionate individuals. This compassion is evident in many — from the transporter to the technician to the nurse to the social worker. Baylor integrates the best treatments with caring, passionate individuals. 22 Where did you grow up? Do you have a childhood experience that shaped how you think? Growing up in McKinney, Texas, helped shape me. It is this fantastic, historic small town, which has grown tremendously over the years. I played softball for McKinney High School as the pitcher. The experience of being a pitcher taught me to face a challenge head on and to look deep inside when it seemed like everything was working against me. It taught me to be strong and how to address challenges. I also love the outdoors. As a little girl, I grew up going fishing with my dad. Even now if I have a free weekend, I get my father and head to the lake for some quality quiet time in nature. If you weren’t a medical intern, what occupation would you want to try? I would love to be a forest ranger for the National Park Service. I want to visit all of the national parks at some point in my life. I am recharged when I a m in nature so t he idea of having a career as a forest ranger is pretty appealing. Most people would be surprised to know that ... I was in a barbershop chorus with my mother called The Rich-tones. I had a wonderful time making beautiful harmonies and dancing at international competitions for the Sweet Adelines. My mother still sings with them. For now, I enjoy sitting in the audience enjoying the music. I hope that one day I will be able to participate again. T I A N A E N D I C OT T-YA Z DA N I