New Faculty Feature - Q&A with Dr. Gary Brahm

Dr. Gary Brahm

Why did you decide to become a radiologist?

I was first introduced to radiology relatively early while pursuing my undergraduate degree in biophysics at Western University. Having a keen interest in math and physics, I was very intrigued by the simplicity and complexity behind the various imaging modalities of x-ray, ultrasound, and MRI.

In medical school I explored various fields in medicine and found myself being drawn to radiology more and more. I was fascinated by the concept of being able to see inside the human body with astonishing detail, without cutting it open. I love the problem-solving aspect behind radiology in which every study is a puzzle and it’s our job to put the puzzle together.

Where and when did you obtain your undergraduate and postgraduate degree?

I obtained my Bachelor degree in Medical Biophysics at Western University in 2003. I obtained my medical degree at University of Toronto (U of T) in 2007, and I completed my residency training in radiology at Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University.

Where and when did you do your fellowship? What specialty did you do?

I did my fellowship at U of T, University Health Network/Mount Sinai Hospital in Abdominal Imaging.

Have you won any awards?

In June 2012, I won the Roentgen Resident/Fellow Research award in RSNA Research & Education Foundation; in recognition of Outstanding Radiologic Research.In June 2011, I won the Tom Munro Award for Outstanding Presentation of Original Research at London Imaging Discovery.

Can you tell us about your family?

I am married to Tifany Johnson and we have two boys The oldest is Matthew Charles Brahm (3 years old) and the youngest, Ryan, was just born on October 21.

How would your best friend describe you?

Friendly, easy-going, almost always has a smile on my face. Playful, full of energy, short attention span.

Who has inspired you in your life?

My father has been a huge inspiration to me. He taught me you always have to work hard and strive to be the best you can be and not rely on natural talent.

What are your career aspirations?

I want nothing more than to be seen as a local expert in my field of radiology. If I can do this, be a good father and husband, and enjoy coming to work every day until the day I retire I will count that as a success.

What is your biggest fault?

I am a textbook procrastinator.

What are your hobbies?

My hobbies include poker, chess, and strategy board games. I used to play ultimate Frisbee and rock climbed regularly when I was younger.

How do you define success?

I define success by happiness. If you can wake up and go to bed happy, then you are successful. In my mind, I am currently a success.