Dr. Schuckman is a urologic oncologist at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center of Keck Medicine of USC.

Here’s what you won’t find on her resume:

Fishing led her to surgery.

“I always wanted to be a surgeon. I loved fishing, but hated eating fish. I would dissect them with an open encyclopedia on my parent’s kitchen table!”

She still has items to check off her bucket list.

“I love to travel anywhere with a tent and a backpack! I am looking forward to when I can hike the Pacific Crest Trail, bike the Amalfi Coast and witness the great migration in the Serengeti.”

Her family and yoga occupy her free time.

“When I am not working, I am either spending time with my family or trying to hit a yoga class. Actually, I would love to be certified as a yoga instructor. I’ve always dreamed of opening an adaptive studio for patients recovering from surgery and chemotherapy.”

She knows there’s always more to learn about being a Mom.

“I am currently reading Emotional Life of the Toddler. I need all the help I can get!”

These words still ring true to her.

“In life, there is no such thing as a dress rehearsal.”

Anatomy led her to a bright realization.

“I applied to medical school because I was always really fascinated with the nuts and bolts of anatomy and how things work. At some point, I realized that by being a surgeon, I could apply this love to curing people and making their lives better.”

Dr. Schuckman is an assistant professor of clinical urology. Click here to view Dr. Schuckman‘s full biography.

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