Name: Parneet Grewal, MD
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Current Position: Vascular Neurology Fellow at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
Q: What made you interested in a career in stroke?
A: The experience of taking a stroke alert patient who was also 37 weeks pregnant personally to the angiography suite, and watching her beginning to speak and move her limbs after she returned from the procedure and then deliver a baby three weeks later, still makes me smile and feel contented whenever I think back. Starting with this case, my passion for stroke continued to gain ground through each year in residency as I continued to experience firsthand the immense role a vascular neurologist can play in the life of patients affected with this condition.
Q: What has been your career path into this field?
A: I completed all my training, including medical school, in India and then moved to the United States for my residency at the University of Kentucky Medical Center, followed by a fellowship in stroke at Rush University Medical Center.
Q: Who is your stroke mentor or stroke hero?
A: I met many great neurologists and stroke attendings during my training, but some who inspired me to pursue stroke and became my stroke mentors are Dr. L.C. Pettigrew, Dr. Jessica Lee, and Dr. Larry B. Goldstein at the University of Kentucky.
Q: What is a piece of advice you would give to a trainee?
A: Don’t be afraid to ask questions and enjoy your work. Do your best to get as much skills and training as you can, but never forget to focus on your wellness also.
Q: What is your favorite hobby or way of de-stressing?
A: I love to travel to explore different cuisines and cultures. I also like to visit local coffee shops wherever I go since the atmosphere calms me down.
Q: What is your favorite place to travel to?
A: India, my home country.