Rakszawski named to PA Medical Society’s Top Physicians Under 40 list
Nominations for this list were submitted by physician colleagues across the state and selected by a committee of Pennsylvania Medical Society member physicians.
“I felt truly humbled to be named to the Top Physicians Under 40 list. Pennsylvania is such a large state with so many strong health care systems, and to be recognized in this way is a testament to my foundational years of training and early career development here at Penn State,” Rakszawski said. “I am a Penn State ‘lifer’ – I completed medical school, Internal Medicine residency, and Hematology/Oncology fellowship here, before joining the faculty in 2019. And as a junior faculty member, I have been granted many opportunities to better myself through endeavors such as the Junior Faculty Development Program. I feel privileged to work here and be part of such a collaborative and supportive environment.”
The person who nominated Rakszawski for inclusion in the Top Physicians Under 40 list, according to the Pennsylvania Medical Society, noted that Rakszawski’s “high competence is only outmatched by how much he cares for his patients and how helpful he is to his colleagues.”
It’s his patients, Rakszawski said, who bring meaning and depth to his work as a hematologist within the Department of Medicine’s Division of Hematology and Oncology and the Penn State Cancer Institute.
That’s why he feels that this distinction is not just about him, Rakszawski said – it’s a reflection of the patients he cares for, the teams he works with, and the people who support him.
“My patients inspire me each and every day by their strength and resiliency. To play even a small part in their role to better health is truly an honor and a privilege,” he said. “I work with such amazing individuals at the Penn State Cancer Institute. In particular, nurse coordinator Michelle Stojanovic, registered nurse, plays such an essential role in the complex care of our patients; I truly could not do what I do without her. And my mentors, Dr. Chris Ehmann and Dr. Shin Mineishi, have tirelessly supported me in the early stages of my career and shown me the keys to success. My wife, Elizabeth, shares this award with me – I truly could not have achieved this recognition without her love and encouragement.”
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