Soterios Gyftopoulos, MD, MSc
Q: How did you choose your subspecialty?
I knew I wanted to be a musculoskeletal (MSK) radiologist during the first month of my residency. I was listening to a lecture on common fractures. The way the clinical history and underlying mechanisms of injury fit with the imaging instantly appealed to me. The way the imaging findings affected the patient’s treatment made MSK a no-brainer.
Having always wanted to practice in an academic environment, I knew understanding and performing research was an important skill to have to be successful as an MSK radiologist. Fortunately, I found an amazing mentor at New York University (NYU), Zehava S. Rosenberg, MD, who taught me how to plan and execute a research study.
The opportunity to share my experiences with our residents and fellows brings me a tremendous amount of joy and fulfillment each day.
My research work led to an invitation to attend the daily NYU MSK case conferences. During these conferences, I saw firsthand how academic MSK radiologists practice. I saw a
variety of different MSK pathologies, while learning how to describe important imaging findings in the report — lessons that I still refer to each day.
I was fortunate to continue my training as an MSK fellow at NYU, where I have worked as an attending for the past seven years. Now it’s my turn to train the next generation of radiologists as the MSK imaging fellowship director. The opportunity to share my experiences with our residents and fellows brings me a tremendous amount of joy and fulfillment each day.
Soterios Gyftopoulos, MD, MSc, is an associate professor of radiology and orthopedic surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center.