D&I Council Attending Spotlight: Dr. Lydia Chelala

A conversation between one of our newest Thoracic radiologists, Dr. Lydia Chelala, and Diversity Council Core Member, Dr. Melvy Mathew:

Can you tell us a little about yourself, where are you from/where do you consider “home,” where did you train?

I was born and raised in Lebanon in a town called Ghazir. I’m pretty sure the most beautiful sunsets are over there! That is where home is.  After coming to the states, I spent a few months doing research in Miami, did my internship at the Staten Island University Hospital then residency and fellowship at the University of Maryland in Baltimore (which will always have a special place in my heart).

As relatively “new” faculty at the UCMC Department of Radiology, have you noticed anything different about working here, in comparison to other institutions?

The first thing I noticed and that I love is that the hospital in on the University Campus. It’s absolutely beautiful.

What do you like most about thoracic imaging?

What first drew me to thoracic imaging were my mentors at the University of Maryland. They were great teachers who were committed to the specialty and really inspired me. My favorite is interstitial lung disease.

What do you love to do in your spare time, any interesting or unusual hobbies?

No unusual hobbies. I love being with friends, the beach, and traveling.