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Faculty Spotlight

August Faculty Spotlight - Semeret T. Munie, MD

Q: Tell us about yourself!

Dr. Munie: I was born and raised in Ethiopia. I came to the U.S. for my college education where I completed a B.S in Chemistry at Ithaca College. I then went to the University of Vermont College of Medicine for my medical school education, followed by Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan for my general surgery residency. I stayed at Henry Ford for another year to complete my surgical critical care fellowship. I then went to the Medical College of Wisconsin for my Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Fellowship.  I am currently double board certified in General Surgery as well as Surgical Critical Care by the American Board of Surgery.  My husband Nadew Simone used to be a Cardiology Fellow at Marshall. She completed his training this past June and is doing his Advanced Cardiac Imaging Fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta. We have two kids, Zoe Simone who is 2 years old and Naomi Simone who is 9 months old.


Q: What brought you to Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine?

Dr. Munie: Our initial reason for traveling to Marshall was a family affair. My husband was starting his Cardiology fellowship training at that time, and I was finishing my fellowship and was looking for an academic institution with a strong history of exceptional patient care, education, and research. Marshall was an ideal match for what I was looking for and has more than exceeded my expectation in nurturing my interests and strength.


Q: Why did you choose your field of practice and what do you enjoy about it?

Dr. Munie: General surgery specialty to me is not just a job but what I truly believe I was meant to do in life. I enjoy the taught process involved in evaluating patients with a surgical process, preparing them for surgery, performing the operation, and getting them through the post-operative phase. The field of surgery needs a balance between science and the art of medicine. It requires a level of detail-oriented that I enjoy. As a surgeon, the relationship with my patients requires them to trust me while under anesthesia during surgery and I don't take that trust for granted at any time. It is an incredibly fulfilling profession that I really enjoy.


Q: What is your scholarly interest?

Dr. Munie: I enjoy research and medical education. My interests in research include bariatric research outcomes, narcotic use minimization in post-surgical patients, critical care as well as in the area of simulation education for medical students and residents.


Q: What is your favorite part of the job?

Dr. Munie: My favorite part of my job is getting to teach. It gives me the honor of seeing first-year residents or first-rotation medical students become more knowledgeable in the field when they finish than when they started. It always reminds me that I have been able to make a small impact in their life and career for the better. That's what I enjoy the most.


Q: What do you do during your free time?

Dr. Munie: I love spending my free time enjoying family time with my husband and kids going to the park or swimming.


Q: What is the best piece of advice that you’ve received?

Dr. Munie: "Treat your patients like you would want your family member to be treated. Even when it is the end of the day and you are tired, you will never take a short cut"


Q: What is a piece of advice that you would give to a new faculty member of the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine?

Dr. Munie: Welcome to JCESOM. I encourage you to take full advantage of all the opportunities Marshall has to offer to help you excel in your field of interest. The sky is truly the limit.

About the Faculty Spotlight Series

The Faculty Spotlight is a monthly release in the Faculty Bulletin Newsletter. Faculty Spotlights are a way for the Office of Faculty Advancement to highlight our faculty and help tell their stories. 

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