Violet Perez Siwik, MD

Violet is from Tucson, Arizona and became interested in medicine early on in elementary school, then more so when her father suffered a stroke.


Q&A With Violet 


What has your path been like to where you are now?

      I have been fortunate to have a family that encouraged education and then mentors in college, med school, residency and as a junior faculty.

What do you love most about what you are doing now?

      Mentoring challenged students that have faced socioeconomic and academic hurdles. I also enjoy teaching championing and advising medical students, as well as serving as a diversity champion to educate faculty, staff, students, and residents on "Everyday Bias in Health Care" and Safe Zone training.

What are some of your outside interests?

     Spending time with family, caring for my aging mom, and exercising.

Did you have a mentor that contributed to your growth? Who was that mentor and what lessons did you learn from them? How did you find that person?

      I have several mentors: Brother - Always had my back. Dr Moher- Taught me consider all options in advising students. Dr Murrain - Taught me to think outside the box when considering programs and my own career options. Dr Lebensohn - Introduced me to Healer's Art Elective and humanism in medicine, including self care.

What advice would you give to students?

     Every accomplishment starts with a decision to try.

     Find people who will provide a safety net.

     Every course will start at the beginning.

     If it is important to you, you will find a way If not, you'll find an excuse.

     Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn.