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Tara Golisch, MD - Class of 2000

Tara Golisch, MD graduated from the inaugural class of AAHS in 2000. She grew up in Howell, but eagerly commuted from her hometown to pursue her dream of becoming a doctor.

She admits that really for the first time, while at AAHS, she began to love science. Cell and molecular biology was amazing not only in it’s complexity but also in it’s potential to treat disease and help people feel better. Under the guidance of Biology teacher Rich Tempsick, Tara theorized ways to use gene therapy to cure AIDS in an award-winning essay for Trinity College’s
national bioengineering essay contest.

Upon graduation from AAHS, Tara pursued a Biology degree with a minor in Writing at Washington University in St. Louis. Even amongst her pre-med peers, she recalls how far ahead she felt comparing her own basic healthcare knowledge and volunteer experiences on the Oncology ward and “A-Team” (AIDS clinic) at Jersey Shore Medical Center.

After college, Tara decided to go back to her basic science roots at the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine in Piscataway, researching the biochemistry of non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors in Eddy Arnold’s HIV-focused lab. Even though she enjoyed the work, she knew that patient care was her calling. She pursued a medical degree at UMNDJ- Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, where she realized she wanted to become an ophthalmologist.

Tara completed her internship at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, ophthalmology residency at Kresge Eye Institute in Detroit, and is currently in her last year of training as a glaucoma fellow at the Cincinnati Eye Institute. She is excited to finally be looking for a more permanent job and place to live, and feels so fortunate to have started this journey at AAHS. (back)

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