March 30, 2017

Michigan Health Lab: ‘Why I Became a Doctor’: Michigan Medicine Physicians Share Their Stories

Doctors find their calling in many different ways. In honor of National Doctors’ Day, Michigan Medicine physicians reflect on the paths that led to their profession

Kenneth A. Jamerson, M.D.

For the men and women who dedicate themselves to the pursuits of wellness, research and compassion for others, medicine is a calling.

It’s a career nothing short of demanding, a job requiring intense schooling, constant training and a chaotic schedule — not to mention a heavy dose of tenacity and patience.

Whether a practitioner works in a hospital, a clinic, a laboratory or in the classroom, the challenges and rewards of this lifelong journey are plentiful.

Today, on National Doctors’ Day, each contribution is celebrated.

Recently, Michigan Medicine asked some of its practitioners from varying disciplines to share their personal experiences and influences that led them into the profession. This includes Kenneth A. Jamerson, M.D. (pictured above), the Frederick G L Huetwell Collegiate Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and a professor of Internal Medicine in Medical School:

“I grew up in Detroit and was aware of the challenging health care situation there, along with the striking prevalence of hypertension in the community and in my own family. These factors motivated me to pursue hypertension research,” Jamerson says.