Alanna Fostyk, DO
Alanna Fostyk, DO

Alanna Fostyk, DO

Name: Alanna Fostyk, DO

Title: Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon

Location: Ohio

School/Program: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

Currently Wearing: The Merit P. Slim Fit Lab Coat

Why did you choose your profession?:
I initially wanted to go into pediatrics and rotated through and did not like it. My time went the quickest as a medical student on surgery. Into my fourth year of medical school, I had no idea what I wanted to do. My dad, who is a plastic surgeon, said, "why don't you rotate with me?" I rotated with him and knew - it was in my blood and I was meant to be a plastic surgeon. Currently, we practice together.

Current Passion Project:
I do surgical missions trips annually with Healing the Children Northeast.

Who was/is your inspiration?
My father - my role model.

Fun Fact 1:
I played piano and saxophone growing up.

Fun Fact 2:
My husband & I met in medical school and he is also a physician.

Do you have any advice for others interested in entering your field?
Any surgical specialty, as a female, is difficult for many reasons. The hours, having a family, being in a male-dominated profession. My advice is follow your dreams, work hard and persevere - it's all worth it in the end to do something you love.

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