It is a great pleasure to introduce the SOTGC readers to Sir Dr. Ryan Frank. Now before someone in the UK demands proof of his “Sir” title, this is just a fun nickname I gave Ryan since the first few times I met him he was dressed to the nines for some function. Though I have known Ryan for a couple of years through a mutual friend, it’s only been the past five months or so that I’ve really gotten to know him.
Ryan has one younger brother, Tym, who is a resident in Orthopedic surgery at the University of British Columbia. When asked “who do you consider to be your hero?” he responded with “my father, it’s the reason I chose to become a surgeon. I always knew I wanted to be just like him – going into surgery was my way of realizing that dream”. Ryan’s father is an Orthopedic surgeon in Calgary, Canada.
“Sir Frank” completed an undergraduate degree in physiology at McGill University in Montreal and then finished both medical school and residency at the University of Calgary. He is a double fellowship trained plastic surgeon in Calgary, Canada (pediatric craniofacial surgery and cosmetic surgery). Both his fellowships were completed at UCSD.
One of the things that I find so amazing about Ryan is his ever pressing hunger to better himself as a person. When he moved back to Calgary he decided that along with being an excellent surgeon, he also needed to become a shrewd businessman. A year ago Ryan enrolled in an MBA Program through Queen’s University in Canada and Cornell University in Ithaca, NY and will finish in December.
Ryan is not only a tremendously talented and intelligent individual; he is also one of the most kind and supportive men I have met. Even though he barely has a moment to himself between cases, clinic, taking call, and his MBA classes on the weekends, he always takes time to be a wonderful sounding board for his friends and family.
A huge thank you to Ryan for this lovely interview; as well as for his never-ending encouragement, laughs, and support.
What is the one trait you admire most in others?
What is the one trait you admire most in yourself?
Which internal quality do you believe sets women back in the workplace?
Wanting to be an excellent mother. I think it is very hard to balance family and work life for anyone, let alone a mother.
Which external quality do you believe sets women back in the workplace?
Prejudice from certain males
What is the hardest lesson for working women to learn?
Which book is on your nightstand?
The intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham
What woman do you feel is a role model in today’s working industry (could be any industry)?
I have met many. But in terms of one that is famous… I would say Oprah Winfrey. Her drive and passion for success are unparalleled
The quality you admire most in a successful man?
The quality you admire most in a successful woman?
A virtue you believe is underrated?
Self appreciation and love
What is your idea of happiness?
Self fulfillment and an overwhelming sense of peace and calm
What do you value most in friends?
What, in your mind, would be the greatest of misfortunes?
Never opening ones heart to love.
What do you believe is a working woman’s greatest fear?
Having to make a choice between career and being a mother.
In your career, what has been your greatest regret?
Never being satisfied with where I am today. I am always looking toward the future as a way to improve who I am / where I am today.
Do you feel this is a male oriented regret or one shared by men and women alike?
Shared by both
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
“Sweet” “git ‘er done!!”
Cite an example of a woman who you feel made a great achievement?
One of my senior residents in plastic surgery here in Calgary had twins in her second year residency. She only took six months off and is going to finish her residency by just adding on one more year. She is one of the smartest, most driven, and humble people I have ever met. I am so proud of her.
List five qualities that this woman had that you feel helped her achieve her success.
Drive, passion, humility, resiliency, love
What do you think is the greatest difference between our mother’s generation and our own?
The inequality gap between race and gender has shrunk significantly.
One piece of advice to young women in the workplace
I would give the same advice to a young man…. Always do your best. Even if you aren’t able to be as good today as you were yesterday, do your best. You will always be able to sleep well at night knowing that you couldn’t have given any more.