Mclean Hospital

Podcast: Anxiety and Careers With Dr. Leonard Su

November 27, 2018

Leonard Su is a fully trained, fully licensed, fully retired vascular surgeon.

After 4 years of college at Yale University, 4 years at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 3 years of laboratory research, 7 years of residency both at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Washington, AND 10 years of clinical practice, he hung up his scalpel and picked up a keyboard. He traded OR lights for stage lights.

His clinical career was cut short by mental illness, but he remains ever willing to help others. Only now instead of sutures and stents, he uses words and the power of talk. He speaks on the issues of mental illness in society, particularly in the medical profession, and strives to start conversations about mental illness.

His background, while clearly steeped in medicine, also includes experience with performing, such as with dancing in a local production of the Nutcracker, improv comedy, and small episodes of trying stand-up comedy.