to attend this month’s Carolina Science Cafe. But you can chat with one!
On Thursday, May 12, at 7 p.m., Dr. Matt Ewend, head of neurosurgery at UNC, will be at the Back Bar in Downtown Chapel Hill, talking about his world. A world that includes awake surgeries, removing tumors, using the CyberKnife, and more. We’re really looking forward to this one!
As usual, our friends at Sigma Xi will be sponsoring some appetizers and special thanks to Dr. Charles Weiss for making this event possible.
To get to know Matt a little more, check out his answers to our questions:
Where did you grow up? Saginaw Michigan, son of an insurance agent and an advertising person. No medical folks in the family
What did you want to be when you were a kid? My grandfather was a lawyer, and that’s what I wanted to do. I thought I could be a trial attorney. I also thought I would like to be a sports announcer.
How did you get interested in science? I got interested in science and medicine during high school, but no real epiphany moment. I was a math major in college and came at science through the math physics pathway. I like the clean answers that math and physics often provided better than the fuzzy answers of some other sciences.
In one sentence, describe your job: Everyday I meet people facing difficult illnesses involving the brain; my job is to help them through these times compassionately.
What’s a special talent/trick/skill/hobby that you have that your colleagues don’t know about? I got my privates pilot’s license a year ago and I am working on my instrument rating. As a kid, I was almost as fast as Holden Thorp with Rubik’s cube.
If someone wrote you a blank check to explore any aspect of your field’s research, what would you want to do and why? I started out in medicine with an interest in cancer and this has never changed. Given our mythical blank check, I would build a team to look at brain tumors on an individual level (think personalized medicine) to find newer targeted treatments.
Thanks, Matt, for taking the time to answer our questions.
We hope to see everyone on Thursday, 5/12, 7 p.m. at the Back Bar!
Jonathan Frederick is the director of the North Carolina Science Festival. He is currently reading East of Eden.