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Gunnye Pak

Diagnostic Radiology, Maimonides Medical Center

About Me

I am a first-generation Korean-American. I was born in New York City, raised in New Jersey until middle school, and then moved to Washington state with my family for greener pastures. And despite my years away in unique places, I have always considered this great state my home. I graduated from the University of Washington in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Physiology. I later became a Special Education teacher in Hawaii’s low-income schools with support and training from Teach for America. During my teaching stint, I taught students at the elementary, middle, and high school levels in Hawaii, Arizona, and the West Bank and at all socioeconomic levels. I witnessed many different forms of social injustices throughout the United States and the Middle East through the lens of education and healthcare. And ultimately, these experiences pushed me towards medicine. I worked to obtain a Master of Science degree in Global Medicine from the University of Southern California, and was accepted as one of the first medical students at Washington State University’s new Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine.

My goal is to continue my work as a future radiologist and positively impact the lives of thousands of patients while also making lasting systemic changes through advocacy and leadership,” says Pak.

I want to acknowledge the great sacrifices that my parents and grandparents made and the hard work they exemplified. Their relentless love and support over the years have gotten me here. They are the reason that I am here today. My amazing wife, Jennifer, and my beautiful new son, Jihoon, are my rock, my joy, and my everything. They keep me going.