Spotlight: Melinda Parangan-Chu

Melinda Parangan-ChuApril 10, 2020

You just completed a significant milestone at UCSF of 20+ years – is there anything you would like to tell us that stands out during your 20 years?

What stands out for me during my years here in Radiology is the constant change and evolution in advancement. It amazes me and seems like yesterday that I was processing by hand X-rays in the development room. I still recall hanging up film on alternators in the reading room two times a day. I remember when PACs was brought into our department and how we moved from film to the digital world. So much continues to change and move forward with time, to stay at the forefront and cutting edge of technology. It amazes me that the people we walk around with every day in the halls of our department are geniuses and leaders in research, medicine, and academia. It is truly an honor to work in our Department.

What do you do at Radiology?

I am the Director of Education Programs. I oversee the medical students, residency and fellowship programs offered in our department.

How long have you been with Radiology?

Well, it’s actually going to be 22 years in June. I actually started on June 7, 1998 in the Medical Center side of Radiology.

With UC?

Same. I came here as a temp in the film library and worked my way up to where I am now.

What was the greatest advice given to you?

Not necessarily advice, but a motto I live by. I went to an all-girl school and our school motto was “Non vox, sed votum” – not words, but deeds. So to me, words are just words until you transform them into action!

What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most?

I love being a mom, and I feel I can be like a “den mom” at work. I love watching people grow, from medical students to faculty. I’ve been here long enough to see trainees become faculty - even our own Chair from resident to his current leadership position now. I love connecting with people and just being able to help anyone – not only our trainees, but my colleagues who I consider my work family.

What would people never guess you do in your role at UCSF Radiology?

I don’t know about this. I’m an open book.

What are 3 words to describe yourself?

This is hard – don’t like to describe myself (usually negative)… I’m easy-going, hard-working, fun.

Can you tell us about an important role model or mentor in your life? Why?

My mother.

Mothers are usually the ones who exemplify unconditional love. I’ve learned from her, her faith, and by her examples. She’s taught me how to love unconditionally, give unconditionally, have faith, and have a passion and purpose in life.

What do you like to do outside of work?

I love to try new foods, travel so I can gain different cultural experiences and learn new recipes, and cook! I love to spend time with friends and family. Oftentimes, I share what I’ve learned by hosting/cooking food in theme parties.

Tell us a hidden talent or experience that few people know about you.

I used to hula in my younger days.

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