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Tamara grew up in Syracuse, New York and moved to the Baltimore/Washington area to attend The George Washington University in Washington, DC. She graduated in 1992 with a BA in Zoology and a Minor in German. She returned to New York to obtain her Master of Arts in Biological Sciences and graduated in 1994. Her thesis was “Cloning and Characterization of a Possible SKO1 Homolog in N Crassa: A Gene Involved in Glucose Repression”.
In 1994,Tamara retured to the Baltimore/Washington area to work at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. She started as a Research Technician in Neuropathology and was promoted to Lead Neurophysiological Intra-Operative Monitoring Technologist in 1995. Tamara first became interested in becoming a Physician Assistant while working in the operating room here at Johns Hopkins. In 1999, she returned to The George Washington University to attend the Physician Assistant Program. She graduated with a Master of Science degree in August 2001 and her thesis was “Present and Future Trends for the Treatment of Tyupe 1 Diabetes: A Review”.
Tamara was interested in finding a job which offered a diverse medical opportunity and was surprised to find what she was looking for in a specialty such as Inteventional Radiology. She started working at Johns Hopkins in the Interventional Radiology Department in October 2001 and was involved in all aspects of the department, including minor procedures, vascular patient pre and post clinical care, women’s health, vascular anomalies, and oncology patients. Her special compassion and dedication to oncology patients naturally led her to work most specifically with them.
Currently, she is primarily responsible for ensuring a continuity of care for patients treated in Interventional Radiology and coordinating efforts with other modalities such as Hepatology, and Oncology.