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Women in Medicine: Mooyeon Oh-Park

Tuesday, September 18, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: AAP Staff
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Mooyeon Oh-Park, MD is the SVP and Chief Medical Officer at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, and a Professor and Vice Chair of Administrative and Academic Affairs at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/ Montefiore Health System. Throughout her career, she has authored 50 peer reviewed publications, dozens of book chapters and received 14 teaching awards from three medical schools. Mooyeon has been a member of the AAP since 2001 and is currently the Chair of the AAP’s Program Committee, where she has been designing a dynamic, stimulating and fun Annual Meeting in Puerto Rico. Learn more about her career – in her words!


A career in medicine made sense - I had an early exposure from my mother who always volunteered for an organization for the disabled. PM&R is the most ecologically valid medical field. We help our patients do what they love to do in their lives. Now, after 20 years of practice, I am so happy about my choice as post-acute care is highly emphasized.

Over the years, I am most proud of my role as an academician – the students and trainees I’ve trained throughout my career. I enjoy bringing out the highest potential of young physicians and other discipline clinicians to accomplish a common goal. The AAP has been a valuable resource along the way, providing an environment and context where I was able to meet many outstanding physiatrists and staff. I learned so much by interacting with them and had opportunities to create something we can be proud of. As a Chair of Program Committee, I also met so many talented young physiatrists who will make the future of our field.

Being a woman in medicine has its unique challenges. One that stands out to me is the misperception of being less accountable and not being able to take a role with a large responsibility due to personal obligation. Here are my tips for young women pursuing or considering a career in medicine:

  • Stay focused on your goals
  • Be compassionate to others and yourself
  • Have a realistic dream and also an unrealistic dream - there is no charge for your imagination!

I am looking forward to meeting everyone at Physiatry ’19 in Puerto Rico!