We love to hear from our team. Samuel Tesfalidet, MD, shares his path to interventional radiology and why working at RIA Endovascular is the best.
How, when or why did you decide to pursue a career in medicine?
There was no one defining moment that made me want to become a physician. As a child, I’ve always wanted to be a physician. I also loved philosophy and, in particular, ethics. If disease and death are considered one of humankind’s greatest equalizers, I wanted to understand why, what to do about it and learn to be comfortable with the uncertainty that sometimes presents itself.
What do you like most about your job?
I love the diversity of practicing interventional radiology. There are frequently new applications of our core set of procedural skills that are changing how medicine is viewed and performed. I enjoy the fact that we interact with pediatric to geriatric patients; we are involved in care from the head to the toes; we help diagnose patients who need answers; we treat patients with minor procedures for routine care, while we also treat patients with major procedures for special and life-threatening care.
What is your favorite way to spend free time?
I love spending time with my family and friends. I enjoy traveling internationally with my wife, as well as, exploring state and national parks. Colorado is a four-season state, so we take advantage of hiking, camping, fishing and skiing seasons.
What do you like most about working at RIA?
I appreciate my IR section because they convey professionalism, clinical excellence and a patient-first attitude. Personally, the section is made of welcoming, active, interesting and social people who aren’t just doctors.