In Baltimore, six of the top 10 private employers are health-care-related. That's thousands of doctors working in the area, nearly 7,000 in just the city and Baltimore County.
Medicine is this region's lifeblood, one could say.
With so many people contributing so much to the health of the Baltimore area, we wanted to zero in on some of the newest talent in the pool. The 10 physicians and surgeons featured here are already catching people's eyes as up-and-coming stars in their fields, doing exciting things now and with promise for even more in the future.
Ambereen Quraishi, 32( Doug Kapustin, Special to The Baltimore Sun / September 12, 2010 )
Cardiologist, Sinai and Northwest hospitals
As a doctor of the heart, Ambereen Quraishi sees a lot of people with coronary disease, blocked arteries, malfunctioning valves. Her real passion, though, is preventing these problems in the first place.
"Education," she says, "is the biggest part of what we do."
She takes it on herself to teach patients and their families how to lead healthier lives by eating better, quitting cigarettes, getting off of the couch and moving.
Her grandfather was a general practitioner who worked with world health organizations to bring care to third world countries. The way Quraishi sees it, she's following in his footsteps, bringing awareness to the unaware. When she's not at the hospital, Quraishi heads into the community to speak at local events. In her off time, Quraishi, who's married with a new baby, likes to read fiction and practice Pilates and yoga.
She considers working out almost part of her job. "You have to practice what you preach," she says. "If I'm overweight and telling my patients to lose weight, it doesn't make sense."