As part of our #RenaissanceRad series, we are featuring radiologists who are doing interesting clinical and go above and beyond the typical clinical journey. In this feature Q&A, we feature Renaissance Radiologist, Dr. B. Bobby Chiong MD who is not only an Interventional Radiologist and Chief of Interventional Radiology at St. Barnabas Hospital in NY, he is also a musician, rock climber, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu expert.
Q: Would you be able to provide a brief intro and bio about yourself?
A: I’m an interventional radiologist and the Radiology Department Chairman at St Barnabas Hospital in The Bronx. I am also an associate professor at the CUNY School of Medicine. I grew up in California, received my undergraduate degree in Theatre from University of Southern California, medical degree from UC Davis. I did residency training at SUNY Downstate and Harlem Hospital, then IR fellowship at Harbor-UCLA.
Q: What would you like to share with radRounds as your top goals now in your work?
A: During my training, I never thought I’d be chairman of a department. During residency training, I used to read a lot about military training. It made me feel better to read about people working harder than I was. Eventually I got into Jocko Willink’s books starting with Extreme Ownership. Applying those lessons in leadership and problem solving eventually got me promoted to chairman. My goal is to lead a team that providing excellent healthcare to my community.
Q: Why did you take this on?
A: Around a year ago during the early weeks of the COVID shutdown in NYC, I turned to playing music as many did. Through Twitter, I found many others doing the same. We started a loose organization #DocsWhoRock where we post our videos and give each other encouragement and collaborate with each other on musical projects. I wrote a little bit about it on my website brianchiong.com. My other interests are rock climbing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I won the IBJJF New York Open in my weight class at white belt in 2018. I’m currently a blue belt but training has been stalled due to the pandemic.
Thank you Dr. Chiong for your interview. Please visit Dr. Chiong’s twitter page and his website here for more info, including his most amazing musical performances!