Alexander N. Gabrovsky, MD, PhD, MPhil





Alexander N. Gabrovsky, MD, PhD, MPhil

Life before residency:
I grew up in L.A. (go Lakers!) but lived for a time in coastal Maine and Provence, France before age 10. I received my B.A. from UCLA and was premed at Johns Hopkins. I studied abroad for two semesters in China, learning Mandarin, and also lived 5+ years in the United Kingdom, obtaining a Ph.D. in Medieval Literature at the University of Cambridge in England. After Cambridge, I moved back to L.A. and caught a serious case of the surfing bug. Before medical school, I published an academic book based on my Ph.D. dissertation on the history of medieval alchemy/astronomy and the poetry of Geoffrey Chaucer. Published by Macmillan, it's entitled Chaucer the Alchemist: Physics, Mutability and the Medieval Imagination. I got my M.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia.

Memorable moments:
On New Year's Eve 2018, I climbed to the peak of Ben Macdui, the second highest mountain in the UK, and ate a delicious homemade flapjack at the summit while simultaneously losing all sensation in my fingers.

Why I chose RMC:
President Harry Truman praised RMC as "a great institution for health," a tradition dating back to 1886, and I strongly agree: it's a challenging program that is uniquely unopposed and inpatient-focused while also a Level 1 Trauma Center in an underserved urban community. I'm interested in RMC's integrative medicine track as well as Emergency Medicine. Having family roots in KC, I wanted to return to my birthplace and be near relatives. Importantly, I really dig the jazz scene and KC barbecue!

Hobbies and interests:
Since my Ph.D., I've developed a passion for paleopathology (the study of ancient diseases). I researched skeletal remains from a medieval gravesite in Italy while based for a summer at the University of Pisa. I furthered this interest with a research grant during medical school to investigate cardiovascular diseases in South American mummies at the Paleopathology Research Laboratory in Virginia, where I worked on mummy specimens from Peru and published a paper on the ancient cultural practice of coca chewing. I later combined this interest with my lifelong passion for the Middle Ages, publishing a paper last year on visual depictions of common endocrine disorders (including diabetes) in a fifteenth-century illustrated cipher manuscript (the Voynich Manuscript).

Other interesting things about me:
I'm 6'6'' and played basketball as a traditional center while a student at Trinity College, Cambridge. I also play the viola.