Dr. Anna Dornisch is a current PGY-3 resident. She entered medical school knowing she wanted to pursue a specialty with longitudinal patient care as she had spent her undergraduate years working on a 911-ambulance. After delivering patients to the ED, she always wished she could know how their stories continued.
Anna discovered radiation oncology during a dedicated research year between her third and fourth years of medical school. That year, she pursued a master’s in clinical research while working in the lab of Dr. Irene Su, a reproductive endocrinologist who studies oncofertility—fertility preservation for adolescents and young adults with cancer. Through Dr. Su’s collaboration with Dr. Murphy, Anna was introduced to radiation oncology. After spending a short time in clinic, she knew she wanted to be a radiation oncologist to contribute to the collaboration, compassion, and care for cancer patients.
Anna is grateful to train in a department with exceptional clinical care, incredible research opportunities, a focus on medical education, and investment in personal and professional growth. Her research interests include cost effectiveness, clinical decision analysis, and survivorship.
Outside of work, Anna enjoys spending as much time outdoors as possible, whether she’s riding horses, running on the beach, hiking with her dog, or spending time with family and friends and enjoying the amazing food that San Diego has to offer.