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Annette Colavita '84, Pulmonary & Critical Care Physician
Medicine seemed to be calling her name. Annette Colavita '84 was inspired early in life by a cousin that was a doctor. She also loved biology and science at the Mount. She is currently a physician at Holy Redeemer Hosptial that practices pulmonary and critical care medicine.
Annette attended St. Joseph's University, studying biology, and Hahnemann University for medical school. She did her fellowship training for pulmonary/critical care at Jefferson.
Annette attributes her success in medicine to her challenging curriculum at Mount. "I truly believe that the Mount helped catapult me forward to accomplishing my goal of becoming a physician, which was a more lofty dream at a time when the field was more male-dominated."
Annette has seen the same inspiration take hold for her daughter, who also recently graduated from the Mount.
Annette continues to practice clinical medicine in the community hospital setting where she also serves as Interim Director of the ICU. Her practice in medicine has been challenging but fulfilling, as she is constantly giving back to the community--a combination that she loves.
2015-2016 Year in Review
Chierika Ukogu '10: From the Olympics to Medical School
Chierika Ukogu is gearing up for the Summer Olympics in Rio, where she'll make history as the first Olympic rower for Nigeria (she has dual citizenship in the U.S. and Nigeria). When she returns from Rio, she will be pursuing a doctorate degree at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. Although she is unsure of her focus, she is interested in pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, orthopedic surgery, and global health.
Chierika has wanted to be a doctor for as long as she can remember. Her motivation stems from wanting to ease the suffering of others, and going into science seemed like a natural progression.
"I like learning things that will ultimately help me reach my goal and help others," Chierika says.
Cherika's goals include teaching students, being a mentor, conducting research, and being an advocate for members of society that are often neglected.
Dena Habboush '13: Balancing Academics and a Co-Op in Medicine
A student at Drexel University, Dena Habboush '13 knew when she was little that she wanted to help ease the suffering of children. Growing up in America as an Iraqi Christian who was born in the Middle East, she saw too many young victims of war on the news. She knew her calling was to become an emergency medicine pediatrician.
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia seemed to be a great match for her interests. She began volunteering there, greeting patients and guiding them through their journey at the hospital. Loving the interaction with parents and children, she applied for a co-op was placed in a position in CHOP's Clinical Research Support Office, eventually moving to the Adolescent Medicine department.
It can be rewarding yet challenging to balance academics and a co-op, but Dena says the Mount prepared her to manage her time wisely with its challenging curriculum. As a biology major, she is thriving academically. She also joined a sorority and is the founder of a medical fraternity, Phi Delta Epsilon.
Dena plans on entering medical school after graduation and is currently preparing for the MCATs.
Lizanne Magarity-Pando '81: A Career Steeped in Catholic Tradition
Lizanne Magarity-Pando '81 was recently appointed president of St. Hubert Catholic High School for Girls in Northeast Philadelphia.
She most recently was director of marketing and communications for the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia last year, managing events and programs for the gathering. Her efforts to manage the social media platforms of the World Meeting resulted in more than 1 billion impressions during the week of Sept. 22, 2015.
Previously Pando was communications director for the Miraculous Medal Shrine in the city’s Germantown section. She holds a degree in chemistry and business from the University of Delaware.
Pando is no stranger to Catholic education, graduating from Our Mother of Consolation School in Chestnut Hill and the Mount.
The recent appointments were announced by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Office for Catholic Education and Faith in the Future Foundation, which manages the 17 archdiocesan high schools.