December Double Feature:
Drs. Cybele Ghossein and Rod Passman
- Cybele: Associate Professor of Medicine, Nephrology
- Rod: Associate Professor of Medicine and Preventive Medicine, Cardiac Electrophysiology
- With Northwestern for 12 years; married since 1994
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Where can we find you after hours?
(Simultaneously) With kids, at home.
Dr. Ghossein: I love running on the lakefront path early in the morning and Rod likes riding his bike to work (weather permitting). Weekends are spent watching the kids’ soccer, basketball or field hockey games, and cooking. We also enjoy a good read. I am currently in the middle of “Freedom” by Johnathon Frazen and Rod is reading “Life” by Keith Richards.
Tell us more about your professional interests and passions.
Dr. Passman: I love the variety of what I see. In EP, we get to take care of the young and the old as well as the sick and the otherwise healthy. I like the fact that it is cerebral yet has this large procedural component. The ability to positively affect someone’s life is extremely rewarding. My research interests are very broad. I am currently working on several projects including one looking at sudden death in dialysis patients on which I have had the opportunity to collaborate with my wife. I am also working on studies related to the detection of atrial fibrillation in patients with cryptogenic stroke, antiarrhythmic treatment of atrial fibrillation, and home monitoring for atrial fibrillation using implantable devices.
Dr. Ghossein: I became interested in nephrology as an intern. I loved to hear the nephrologists discuss a case. I liked the way they thought, the way they uncovered the details of a case and then solved the mystery. I am currently working a research project looking on the impact of electronic alerts for physicians on defined outcomes in chronic kidney disease patients. What I like about nephrology is the variety of diseases and patients that I see, from critically ill ICU to patients to patients with interesting electrolyte problems to stable chronic kidney disease patients. I am never bored!