Medicine as a business is brutal. Unfortunately, business success is the only means of securing research and educational success in an unsettled (and unsettling) academic environment.
To be sure, there have been lapses in effort and concentration, and thoughts of leaving the academic struggle seemed to surface from time to time. Fortunately (or unfortunately), I was just awarded a $2.6 million grant to expand the department and renew research. What Pomonan would leave a level playing field?
The family prospers. Carolyn and I have been together for 35 years. Peter, our older son, is managing partner of Logos Capital Management in New York City. John, the younger, is a visual effects artist at Sony, Los Angeles.
Favorite Professor: Fred Sontag, who gave me the confidence to wander abstractly but never allowed me to forget the power of the disciplined pen in sharing the experience.
Future: Fixing cars and going fishing.