Dr. Paulina Gorodin Kiliddar is a cardiologist at Drexel Medicine where she specializes in non-invasive cardiology, including stress testing and echocardiographic imaging. She helps patients assess genetic and lifestyle risk factors for heart disease. Dr. Kiliddar is also an associate professor at Drexel University College of Medicine
For those of us who know you simply as Dr. Kiliddar, can you tell me a little bit about your life before medical school?
I was born in Kiev, Ukraine, and my family immigrated to the United States in 1979. We moved to New York, and that is where I lived until I went to medical school. Our initial years in the United States were difficult, but my parents always say that there was so much joy in the simplicity of our life. I watched my parents persevere despite limited resources and limited knowledge of English. They both started their careers and helped me become the person I am today.
Your mom was a pediatrician, but she never pushed you toward medical school. What made you choose that path for yourself? And why did you decide to pursue cardiology?
I guess medicine seemed most familiar to me. As I grew up, I always felt inspired and influenced by my mom and I wanted to follow in her footsteps.
I fell in love with cardiology during my CCU rotation as an intern. I remember how dynamic and exciting the field was. A patient could come to the hospital critically ill, but yet with emergent and cutting-edge treatment, I would see this same patient walk out of the hospital a week later, smiling and grateful.
I loved the personalities of the cardiology attendings and fellows who mentored me. They seemed brilliant, energetic and vibrant. I remember the discussions and debates on CCU rounds as mesmerizing, challenging and thought provoking. I just loved it.
Many heart conditions are a result of lifestyle choices. What are the biggest non-genetic risk factors in your opinion?
I would have to say smoking, lack of physical exercise and poor eating choices.
Do women face different risk factors than men?
Women don’t face different risk factors, but they may present with atypical symptoms which may be misinterpreted and may lead to delayed diagnosis of cardiac conditions.
What do you like most about living and working in Philadelphia?
I love the urban lifestyle that I have by living and working in Philadelphia. I am lucky to be able to walk to work almost every day. This helps me practice what I preach, which is an active lifestyle.
What do you like most about working at Drexel?
I love the people that I work with, some of whom have been my mentors as I was training in fellowship. I love the students, residents and fellows. They keep you on your toes by always searching for knowledge and answers.
Name: Paulina Gorodin Kiliddar, MD
Title: Associate Professor
Specialties: Cardiology, non-invasive cardiology, stress testing, women's health
Education: MD - St. George's University School of Medicine, the West Indies
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