Pitt medical student is one of Forbes Magazine's 30 Under 30
January 21, 2016 12:00 AM
Christopher D. Murawski
By David Templeton / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
When a person starts doing medical research three days after high school graduation and has his name on 52 peer-reviewed studies in just his second year of medical school, people take notice.
Forbes Magazine certainly did in selecting Christopher D. Murawski, 25, of Stroudsburg, Monroe County, and a current University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine student, as one of its top 30 people under age 30 in health care.
The magazine annually selects 600 people under 30 in 20 categories covering enterprise, technology, media, entertainment, sports, arts and science, among others, after a nationwide search and review of 15,000 nominations.
In selecting him, Forbes’ “30 Under 30 2016” noted his abundant research on foot, ankle and knee repair and the 61 podium presentations he has given at academic meetings.
A first baseman in high school, Mr. Murawski said he sustained ankle injuries and showed such interest in his treatments that after graduation on a Friday his New York City physician invited him to join his research team beginning on Monday. He eventually met Freddie Fu, the noted UPMC orthopedic surgeon, during a medical conference and was invited to join his research meetings as a Pitt undergrad. After college graduation, Mr. Murawski was invited to spent two years with Dr. Fu’s research team before enrolling in med school.
“I started to love science in junior high school and that’s where my interest in medicine began,” he said. “I knew I wanted to stay at Pitt for medical school, which is a unique place for research and the medical school is second to none.”
In November, Forbes contacted him out of the blue to gather information, and it wasn’t until he appeared on the 30 Under 30 2016 website that he knew he had been selected.
“Every study or investigation you do answers something but spurs further questions that need to be answered, and that is the fun part,” he said, adding that research is a team, rather than individual, accomplishment. “You pause and realize that in some way it has affected or may affect patient care, but then you get to work on the next project in furthering what you found.”
Dr. Fu said Mr. Murawski is an original thinker, works well with others and shows determination to finish whatever he starts.
“I’m truly impressed with him,” said Dr. Fu, noting interest in having Mr. Murawski as a medical resident after graduation.
“His organizational skills are outstanding with an understanding of medicine. I think he’ll make contributions in the field of medicine.”
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