We got a chance to talk with neuroradiologist Ryan Crete, MD.
How, when and why did you decide to pursue a career in medicine?
I was playing soccer and studying electrical engineering my freshman year in college when I was hit by a car. A career in medicine wasn’t even on my radar, but during the next year of recovery, I was exposed to various aspects of the health care system, and I became quite interested. When I finally returned to school, I changed my focus to double-major in biological sciences and nutrition and never looked back!
What do you like most about your job?
Neuroscience has always fascinated me, and as a neuroradiologist, I am completely immersed. This coupled with the fast-paced world of private practice — I feel like a kid in a candy store each day I go to work. I take part in the care of hundreds of patients each week and serve in multiple roles associated with various disciplines, including anatomy, pathology, oncology, surgery, trauma and, most important to me, a consultant to physicians. I don’t just like — I love my job.
What is your favorite way to spend free time?
The power of the ocean is incredibly humbling. After family and work obligations are satisfied, I try to take some time and get away to the ocean for some surfing. Thankfully, my whole family loves the water, and I am loving watching my two young children become little surfers in their own right.
What do you like most about working at RIA?
Several medical specialties, including radiology, anesthesiology, emergency medicine and others, are under attack. Venture capitalists are buying up practices, consolidating and forcing physicians to work faster for less pay so they can increase their bottom line. This approach greatly hampers interpersonal relationships and communication between radiologists and the referring providers. In my opinion, this DOES NOT serve the people and, furthermore, undermines the years of sleepless nights physicians endured to obtain the knowledge needed to conduct practice successfully and safely.
RIA remains physician-owned and therefore has physicians, not investors, making decisions regarding patient care. I love RIA because I feel great about the work myself and my colleagues perform every day.