Dr. Bradley Leibovich is a member of the KCA’s Board of Directors and currently works as the Chair of the Department of Urology at the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center in Rochester, Minnesota.
We spoke with Dr. Leibovich about serving on the Board and his work in medicine.
What motivated you to get involved with the Kidney Cancer Association?
I first got involved with the Kidney Cancer Association because it was a great academic experience. Most of my career has been focused on kidney cancer and the KCA was the only meeting that focused solely on kidney cancer practice and research. The meetings were a great place to learn, meet others, and share my work with those also devoted to this field.
My interest evolved as I learned more about the other activities of the KCA including the patient-facing work and advocacy components. As I understood those aspects and the people working on them, it became clear that this was something I wanted to be more involved in and I offered help where I could. From there, I went from serving as Program Committee Chair, to Medical Steering Committee membership, Medical Steering Committee Chair, and eventually Board Member.
How long have you been working with the KCA?
I have been involved at some level with the KCA for more than 15 years and have attended every one of our national meetings during that time. I have had the honor to serve on the board for about a year now.
What is your favorite travel destination and why?
It’s hard to pick just one, but my favorite destination would have to be backcountry skiing in Canada. I like to get away from the crowds and into the mountains, skiing where nobody else has before. I also enjoy Central Minnesota for some of the best mountain biking on the planet and Hawaii to relax and explore with my wife.
What do you like to do in your free time?
Mostly mountain biking and skiing. I really enjoy being in the woods or the mountains.
What is one thing most people do not know about you?
I am pretty transparent so not too much to discover, I am definitely an introvert. I also was a race car driver for quite a while but stopped about three years ago when the mountain biking trails around here started to get so great.
What prompted/inspired you to go into the medical field?
I enjoy taking care of people and I like to make lives better if I can. Initially I thought I would be a basic scientist but found that I really enjoyed interacting with patients. People can help each other in so many ways, but I especially enjoy the instant gratification of caring for patients and developing those relationships. Whether that is simply providing information, offering hope, or removing a tumor, it is wonderful to be able to be involved with this type of work.