Whether as a deeply committed cardiologist or inspiring faculty member, Dr. Dalia Giedrimiene’s deeply held mission is to help others, and she has long been especially interested in helping women “with no support system to achieve in science.” For too long, she said, girls in the U.S. and Europe were given the impression that they were not good in science, and so they often did not try, and did not receive encouraging advice. She looked at USJ as an opportunity to alter that misimpression, and she has worked diligently to do precisely that. “I teach students to trust themselves, especially those who are the first in their family to attend college, who do not have a role model in their families.”
A native of Lithuania, Dr. Giedrimiene did not intend to stay in the United States two decades ago, but after a semester at USJ, the pull of students – and her impact on them – led her to resettle her family to the U.S. Students continue to value her clinical experience – which has continued through the years as a clinical researcher/cardiologist at Hartford Hospital – and her dedication to their futures. “Students appreciate my experiences, and how I manage my academic and clinical research-based responsibilities. And they see how much can be achieved – that they can do so too.”
Putting the Pieces Together
Dr. Giedrimiene says she sees students increasingly relate their coursework to their professional goals as their studies proceed as undergraduates. In her own clinical work, she holds three medical patents, and works closely with patients whose illnesses have necessitated implant devices to prevent cardiac arrhythmia, and has served as principal investigator/coordinator overseeing clinical research projects. She relishes applying the connections between academics, research and patients. “I come full circle – putting all the pieces together,” she says, emphasizing that in doing so she helps students see the correlations – and the possibilities – in their own careers.